Putin croons like Sinatra: Top 7 marquee moments

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin thrives on feats of daring-do. In the past decade, he has taken controls of a nuclear submarine, flown an Su-25 fighter plane, co-piloted a Tu-160 supersonic bomber, and tracked endangered whales in the Sea of Japan. But he's also shown off a gentler side, like with his crooning of the song 'Blueberry Hill' at a charity dinner. Here are some of his recent adventures.

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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin plays the piano at a charity concert for children suffering from eye diseases and cancer in St. Petersburg on Dec. 10, 2010.

Sinatra-like Crooner

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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sings at a charity concert for children suffering from eye diseases and cancer in St. Petersburg Dec. 10, 2010.

Vladimir Putin showed his gentler – yet still suave – side Dec. 10 at a charity dinner in St. Petersburg, taking the stage to tickle a piano's ivories and croon into a microphone.

In front of an audience of businessmen and Hollywood stars, he played the opening notes to the 1940s jazz standard "Blueberry Hill" on the piano, then stood and took the microphone and sang in pretty decent English, reported Reuters.

He got a standing ovation from Kevin Costner and Goldie Hawn, who were in attendance along with Sharon Stone, Kurt Russell, Gerard Depardieu, Mickey Rourke, and others. “Like an overwhelming majority of people, I can neither sing nor play but I very much like doing it," Putin told the audience.

UPI reports that "Putin has been showing a softer side lately. Last week he invited the 5-year-old winner of a nationwide competition to name his new Bulgarian Shepherd puppy to his official residence to meet the dog. Buffy was a present from Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov."

With Prime Minister Putin considering a run for presidential office in 2012, incumbent President Dmitry Medvedev may have to consider learning his own musical instrument if he wants to hold on to his seat. A participant at the event told Reuters: "Medvedev will now have to learn to play saxophone."

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