“Where Is the Third Rome, Where Is the Third Reich, and Where Is Pompeii?”
Maksim Pokrovsky, a prominent Russian musician who is now working in New York, has just released this song; it has been out for 15 hours on YouTube, and so far has been viewed 825K views. My sense is that Pokrovsky is fairly prominent, as the frontman of Nogu Svelo! (literally, “Leg Cramp!”), which has been around for over 30 years.
Since the start of the war in Febturary, he has put out several anti-war songs recently, mostly satirical and often quite witty (and vulgar): “We Don’t Need the War!,” “Backward, Russia!,” “The Letter Ziu” (my favorite of the four), and “Generation Zed” (opening line: “Russians, we shat everything away”). This one, though, called just “Ukraine,” has a different tone; I liked its mix of the impassioned political outrage and the everyday (the wartime everyday)—”I hope the patrol won’t waste their bullets on us / I hope we have enough diesel fuel”—so I thoug
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