Boyz II Men Heartthrobs Recruited by Vladimir Putin to Boost Libidos in Russia

Authoritarians show a softer side for Valentine’s Day:

President Vladimir Putin’s crusade to raise the country’s birth rate is set to get the support of three powerful voices on its behalf.

A baritone and two tenors, that is.

The stylish trio of Boyz II Men, the most successful R&B group of all time, is coming to Moscow on Feb. 6. The group will perform a selection of their classic and new romantic ballads, hopefully giving Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine’s Day.

The band members Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris answered The Moscow Times’ questions about their upcoming concert, growing up, Russian fashion and the possibility of writing a song about Moscow.

This isn’t the first time Vladimir has been interested in matters of the heart and gettin’ busy. During his “campaign” for “re-election,” Putin compared voting for him to a young woman losing her virginity:

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