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Skinny jeans and the Russian soul

My blogging is a little light at the moment due a fractured hand. So, in lieu of a long post, slowly tapped out with one hand, here’s a new hit video by Russian pop group ‘Leningrad’. In this, a girl, amidst a lot of swearing, sings of ‘Louboutins and f***ing awesome jeans’ as she struggles to squeeze into a pair of the latter. At one point, a person I assume is her mother reminds her that her grandmother lived through the siege of Leningrad. ‘Granny survived, but I’m screwed’ comes the reply, as the girl laments her allegedly terrible figure.

People often speak of the ‘Russian soul’ which supposedly differentiates spiritually-minded Russians from more shallow, materialistic Westerners. Similarly, in the past couple of years there has been a lot of talk about Russians becoming more conservative and turning to traditional values while the West becomes increasingly decadent. Not all Russians, obviously!