According to this item in the New York Times blog The Lede, “Deep Purple are heading for Moscow as a farewell gift to Dmitry Medvedev, the chairman of gas giant Gazprom and almost certainly Russia’s next president. . . . The rock group will perform at a show Gazprom is putting on at the Kremlin to mark the 15th anniversary of the firm’s creation, industry sources told Reuters.”

Apparently Russia will not become any less dependent on fossil fuels anytime soon, har har.

Medvedev would have been too young to have seen Deep Purple at their peak even if it weren’t for that Iron Curtain thing. (For those keeping score, he’s four years younger than Barack Obama.)