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Mikhail Gorbachev's Album Sells For £100,000
Ben Hewitt , June 22nd, 2009 10:22

Record of romantic ballads sold at auction

An album of songs recorded by ex Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev has been sold for £100,000 to an anonymous buyer at a charity auction in London.

Songs For Raisia, which features seven romantic Russian ballads sung by Gorbachev, was put under the hammer to raise money for the Raisia Gorbachev foundation.

The charity is named after Gorbachev's late wife, and raises money to combat childhood cancer.

"The disc includes seven of Raisa's favorite romantic songs," Gorbachev revealed in a press conference. "I sang them myself, with Andrei Makarevich [frontman of Russian rock band Mashina Vremeni] playing the background music."

Unable to get its hands on a copy of Songs for Raisia, The Quietus doffed its thinking cap to come up with some suggestions Mikhail could use for the inevitable difficult second album:

'Total Eclipse Of Kark Marx': Bonnie Tyler

'Ural I Need To Get By': Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell

'Putin A Donk On It': Black Out Crew

'I'll Never Let You Go [Little Stalin]': Elvis Presley

'Jenny From The Eastern Bloc': Jennifer Lopez

'Waiting For A Tsar To Fall': Boy Meets Girl

'It's A Solzehnistyn': Pet Shop Boys

'It's A Kind of Slavic': Queen

'Making 5 Year Plans For Nigel': XTC

'The Size of a Moscow': The Wonder Stuff

'I Wanna Hold Your Andropov': The Beatles

'Tupolev Honey': Van Morrison

'Crimea River': Justin Timberlake

'Paint A Volga Picture': The Smiths

'Use Your Ilyushin': Guns and Roses

'Lada Marmalade': Labelle

'Soviet Union City Blues': Blondie

'Seven Nation Red Army': The White Stripes

'Christmas Steppes': Mogwai

'KGB Magic': Take That

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