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Lifestyle Blog: Kharkiv, with new anti-Russian song, becomes capital of anti-Putin music (VIDEO)

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July 11, 2014, 6:03 p.m. | Music — by Olena Goncharova

Soccer fans hold a banner that reads, “Ukraine! It is time to rise from your knees!” at a soccer game.
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Olena Goncharova

Olena Goncharova has been a Kyiv Post staff writer since January 2012. She is a graduate of Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. To contact: email goncharova@kyivpost.com, Twitter @FlyToSun.

Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city with more than one million residents, became a cradle of anti-Vladimir Putin and pro-Ukrainian songs through the EuroMaidan Revolution and now the Russian-backed war against Ukraine.

A new single by Kharkiv composer Borys Sevastianov has added more artistic value to the typically vulgar music.

The video called "This is Russism, babe" popped up in YouTube on July 9 and already has more than 260,000 views.

The video includes highlights of the events unfolding in Ukraine's east, the speeches of the Russian presiden and Orthodox Russian Patriarch Kirill, a comparison between Putin and Adolf Hitler, hinting that they are alike. The entire sequence uses internet memes.

The text laughs at Russians blinded by Putin’s propaganda, compares Russian imperial nationalism to facisim, all along emphasizing that eastern Ukrainians, just like their fellow countrymen from other parts of the country, want to stay within a united Ukraine.

"Our TV is full of insane propaganda, about huge support of Donbas and Luhansk. The journalists go out of their way making up stories, They would kiss Putin's ass to be awarded," reads one of the song’s stanzas, referring to Putin's "Order of Service to the Fatherland" medals to 300 journalists for coverage of Crimean events.

Sevastianov said it took him one day to write the lyrics and is surprised by the popularity. "I regret that the relationships between Russia and Ukraine will never be the same again," Sevastianov told the Kyiv Post. "But it's impossible to understand hypocrisy and Russian propaganda lies."

English version is also available. 

The new hit still has a long way to go to reach the popularity of Kharkiv Metallist soccer fans' rallying chant “Putin Khuilo,” (Putin is a dickhead), invented in late March after Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula.

The YouTube video showing the Metallist soccer fans walking in central Kharkiv before Metallist-Shakhtar soccer match chanting “Putin Khuilo” was viewed more than 920,000 times.

The Kyiv Post picked the most interesting versions of "Putin Khuilo" song.

More than 60,000 fans chant “Putin khuilo! la-la-la-la-la-la-laaaa” during Dynamo-Shakhtar soccer match in Kyiv on April 16. The video popped up on official Dynamo soccer fans' YouTube channel and was called “Ukrainian national song.” 

“I’m not big soccer fan, but I would like to go to the match just to sing this,” reads one of the comments below the video.

The song eventually united rival soccer teams, according to one of the soccer fans quoted by Ukrainska Pravda website.

“Relationships between different soccer fans used to be rather tense,” one of the fans, Maksym, was quoted as saying.  “Now we conclude a truce. It happened for the first time in Ukrainian soccer fan movement.” 

The message was boosted even on a diplomatic level when ex-Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia came to calm protesters outside the Russian Embassy on June 14 when Kremlin-backed separatists shot down Ukrinian military plane in eastern Ukraine, killing 49 people.

“I am ready to be here with you and say ‘Russia, get out of Ukraine,” Deshchytsia explained then. “Putin is a dickhead, yes,” he said and the crowd joined him with "Lalalalalalalalala." And though this performance of Ukrainian diplomat was strongly criticized, such a move did calm down an angry crowd near the Russian Embassy in Kyiv.

Ukrainian Radical Party leader Oleh Liashko also performed with soccer fans hit.

A rock version of “Putin khuilo” song popped up recently on YouTube channel. The video, featuring Ukrainian rock band Druha Rika members with T-shirts “Putin Khuilo,” includes guitar sound and drum beats.

The song already sought world fame. It was performed in Mexico.

Polish soccer fans liked it too.

Even Japanese try to learn the words of the chant. 

Another version came on June 23 when YoutTube video featuring unknown long distance trucker driver singing “Putin khuilo” accompanied by Russian national anthem popped up. The video got nearly 50,000 views.

Kyiv Post staff writer can be reached at goncharova@kyivpost.com

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