When the Russian army is in the news, it usually is centered on the situation happening in Ukraine, especially Crimea. The army from the country controlled by TIME‘s number one most influential politician in the world, Vladimir Putin, came into the country with great swiftness. With their training and army tech — like the Russian transporter, a vehicle that can deploy the Russian army anywhere in the world within seven hours — the Russian army has established its dominance and strength among many nations.
Unfortunately, a Russian army video may ruin that establishment of dominance. Apparently, it shows one of their teams doing a training drill. That alone is very common among any military branch in any country, but the fact the team is singing “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, is not.
According to The Moscow Times, the video reportedly shows soldiers singing the controversial 90s hit “Barbie Girl” while marching. Despite the fact the soldiers are off key and have no sense of volume control and tone control, they belt the song like nobody’s business as they proudly march along during their drill. To be fair, the authenticity of the video is unconfirmed. However, the fact that it even happened — whether authentic or not — is quite entertaining indeed.
Presently, the closest thing to the video being verified as authentic comes from Advocate. In their report, the video was originally done back in 1997. Apparently, the video was made as the Russian army’s support of Boris Yeltsin, the former mayor of Moscow, as well as the former president of Russia. The reason for belting “Barbie Girl” by Aqua was in association to the fact that Yeltsin was known to be “larger-than-life.”
Despite the video reportedly being made back in 1997, it is gaining a lot of attention on YouTube right now. As a matter of fact, it is on the #MostPopularOnYouTube list. How such a video may effect the Russian army’s perceived view of dominance is unknown. However, if it is contrary to the presence Vladimir Putin wants to portray for his country’s military branch, it too may become banned just like Russian internet memes.
[Image via Aqua Promotions]