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Annie, Queen of Norway, is taking a stand and spitting out her chewing gum in the general direction of Putin.

For those less aware of the ongoing controversy, Russia passed a law last year that prohibits “propaganda” of “non-traditional sexual relations” around minors. And because of the vagueness of the law, any open display or reference to homosexuality — from waving a rainbow flag to a same-sex kiss to online youth support groups — can be considered illegal.

The law has resulted in some truly frightening protests, and pop stars like Madonna and Lady Gaga have been quite vocal in condemning this blatant human rights violation.

Now, Annie is joining in on the battle, aided by Richard X.

After dropping their immaculate A&R EP together last year, the two have crafted a protest song called “Russian Kiss,” featuring Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard.

And on February 7, the day of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi this year, Annie’s dropping the song and video.

Here’s a short sample:

The thing is, not only is it a solid protest anthem, but it sounds like a pretty damn good dance song, too — and we all know Putin secretly can’t resist a good four-to-the-floor disco beat.

Don’t give up, maybe then they can understand
It is right that you fight for your love demands
For a soul, love is war, so come raise your hands
Shake a fist for the Russian kiss
Give me a kiss, give me a kiss now
Give me a kiss, give me a kiss now
Shake a fist for the Russian kiss
Shake a fist for the Russian kiss
Show your love for the lovers, the others, the fighters, outsiders, people like you
Show your love for the lovers, the others, the fighters, outsiders, people like you

The more I think about it, this is really only just the beginning of potential #LGBTAnnie opportunities.

Just imagine, an entire record of politically charged reinterpretations of Annie classics?

“Hey Russia.” “I Don’t Like Your Anti-LGBT Legislation.” “I Know Ur Putin Hates Me.”

YAY, ANNIE.