August 24, 2021

Even Communists Like Rock


Even Communists Like Rock
Tsoy rolls in his grave.  Photo via duma.gov.ru (CC BY 4.0)

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is now cool with the anti-soviet rock group Kino, or at least it would appear that way after reading a recent tweet from the party leader Gennady Zyuganov. In the unexpected post, Zyuganov honors the lead singer, Viktor Tsoy, thirty-one years after his untimely death (which, ironically, may or may not have been orchestrated by the U.S.S.R.).

Zyuganov tries to claim in his tweet that by writing his songs, Tsoy created a subculture that was "a logical counterbalance to the cult of consumption." We aren't quite sure that the Communist Manifesto is what Tsoi had in mind when he penned the lyrics to the song "Mother Anarchy," but okay.  

Needless to say, Russian Twitter has taken to mocking to tweet pretty severely. Some users suspect that Zyuganov is just confused and that whenever he says the name "Tsoi," he really means to say "the [Communist] Party." Others theorize that maybe Zyugavov's Twitter account was taken over by the Taliban. Who is to say? 

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