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Faux-lesbian pop duo tATu to headline Sochi opening ceremony

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Russian pop duo Tatu, Julia Volkova (R) and Elena Katina

Controversial Russian pop duo tATu will be the headline act at the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova hit the charts - as well as the tabloid front pages - with their 2003 smash hit "All The Things She Said", accompanied by a raunchy video in which they put on a lesbian act.

The song - and the constant stripping down to their underwear, grinding against each other and kissing that accompanied their live performances - made them huge stars across the world, even when it emerged that they were only pretending to be lesbians to sell records.

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The controversial Russian duo tATu

But given that promoting lesbianism was their primary marketing plot, their appearance in Sochi will raise plenty of eyebrows, given that much of the pre-Games press coverage has focused on Russia's recently-introduced laws banning anything that can be construed as the promotion of homosexuality.

tATu will sing a song called "Not Gonna Get Us", one of their biggest hits other than their debut smash, which is about two schoolgirls in love.

The song reached number seven in the UK chart in 2003, with producers claiming that they picked it not to be controversial, but merely because it is one of the Russian pop songs many people around the world would recognise.

"Unfortunately like London we can't boast a plethora of well-known pop performers," said the show's impresario, Konstantin Ernst.

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Schoolgirls kissing=global number one records. Who'd have thought it?

tATu's appearance sounds as if it may be a rare moment of lowbrow entertainment during the ceremony, which will be held at the 40,000-seater Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Full details are being kept under wraps, but fans are promised appearances by the Bolshoi ballet, and Russia's finest musicians playing highlights from Tchaikovsky.

Sadly, one person unlikely to get involved in the show is President Vladimir Putin: while the Queen's cameo at the London 2012 ceremony was one of the highlights, Ernst hinted that the famously steely Russian head of state will not follow her lead.

"You shouldn't be hoping too much for that," he said.

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