Russian singer Shaman simulates a nuclear attack during bizarre concert on state TV

The 31-year-old is a supporter of Putin's war against Ukraine.

Russian singer Shaman simulates a nuclear attack during bizarre concert on state TV
Russian singer Sharman pretended to set off a nuclear bomb as part of his act (Pictures: Channel 1/east2west news)
Russian singer Sharman pretended to set off a nuclear bomb as part of his act (Pictures: Channel 1/east2west news)

Russian pop singer Shaman simulated setting off a nuclear bomb at a concert broadcast on state TV.

While singing his song ‘I am Russian,’ the 31-year-old pushed a red button inside a briefcase before fireworks erupted behind him.

Shaman, whose real name is Yaroslav Dronov, is a Putin favourite, publicly supporting the war with Ukraine, rallying Russians to the flag, and performing for soldiers in annexed territory.

‌’I am Russian, I go until the end… I am Russian, in spite of the whole world,’ he sings at the concert.

The briefcase featured in the concert appears to mimic Putin’s ‘nuclear briefcase’ sometimes carried by his aides during public appearances, including on a visit to China recently.

It’s apparently part of a system that can be used to authorise the launch of nuclear strikes and is seen as a way for Putin to show off his country’s nuclear might.

Although the crowd can be heard cheering when the fireworks go off, not everyone was impressed by the bizarre stunt.

Several people online criticised the singer.

One said: ‘Does anyone really think this is cool or fun?

‘What is going through the minds of people who approved such a performance? Is nuclear war funny now?’

Another stated: ‘Epic, of course, but, in my opinion, it’s too much.

‘The situation is already at the limit, and we have such jokes.’

A third wrote: ‘Kim Jong-un, looking at this, also decided to organise a concert.’

Sharman reaches up to press the fake nuclear button (Picture: Channel 1/east2west news)
Sharman reaches up to press the fake nuclear button (Picture: Channel 1/east2west news)
Russian patriotic singer Shaman - a Putin propagandist - presses a fake red 'nuclear button' on stage in a sick anti-Western stunt during a St Petersburg concert on 4 November 2023.
He presses the button (Picture: Channel 1/east2west news)

Shaman’s display comes as Reuters reports Putin is expected to stand in Russia’s March elections – despite rumours of ill health.

If successful his leadership would be secured for another six years.

He has already served longer than any Kremlin ruler since dictator Josef Stalin.

‘The decision has been made – he will run,’ said a source.

Putin’s spokesman, meanwhile, said today: ‘No such statements about [Putin’s re-election bid] have been made, the campaign has not yet officially been announced.’

Russian patriotic singer Shaman - a Putin propagandist - presses a fake red 'nuclear button' on stage in a sick anti-Western stunt during a St Petersburg concert on 4 November 2023.
Fireworks go off to mimic the explosion (Picture: Channel 1/east2west news)
Sharman has shown his support for the war against Ukraine (Picture: east2west news)
Sharman has shown his support for the war against Ukraine (Picture: east2west news)

Telegram channel General SVR, however, insists Putin died last month – and a body double has taken his place.

However, they claim the double is now ill with Covid, so fake Putin may not be seen in public for a while.

A wake was apparently held for the real leader by members of his circle involving ‘gourmet food’ and ‘sanctioned alcohol’.

Last week the Kremlin was forced to, once again, deny that Putin had been replaced by a doppelganger.

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