May 26, 2023

Dance Floor Dissent


Dance Floor Dissent
Verka Serduchka. Instagram: @v_serduchka.

A video surfaced on Telegram of revelers singing "provocative" lyrics from Verka Serduchka's song "Party" at a karaoke club in Krasnodar. Lyrics like "Ukraine has not yet died" prompted officers from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to visit La Major, the club in question.

In the video, young people dance and celebrate while singing into microphones. The video pans between them and the triumphant lyrics as they cheer on the dance floor. The Telegram channel that posted the video, SHOT, said that the visitors "decided to spend the evening in an unusual way" and "danced as much as they could." It was also stated that the employees of the club had no idea how the song could have been on the pre-determined karaoke track list. There were no further comments from the club.

Similarly, the Leninsky District Court of Krasnodar found a couple guilty of hooliganism for openly discussing the war in Ukraine. Aleksey and Olesya Ovchinnikov were detained for 15 days and fined 1,000 rubles after their comments were overhead and sparked conflict with another person at the restaurant. The court established that the Ovchinnikovs' behavior violated public order, and that they had used foul language as they shouted "Glory to Ukraine!"

It seems that some Krasnodar citizens have a taste for celebrating defiance

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