A screengrab from Anton Gubankov's rap
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Russia: Civil servant raps army call-up video

Russia's armed forces have resorted to getting a civil servant to rap on YouTube in a bid to encourage new recruits.

The defence ministry reportedly headhunted Anton Gubankov from a TV career to take charge of its culture department, selling the prospect of time in the services. Gubankov has written and performed a rap on the "prestige of military service", as the NTV television channel puts it.

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