Famous Reds: Red Army Choir (with The Leningrad Cowboys)

The latest in our series of Famous Reds features the Red Army Choir, from the days of the old Soviet Union (although it still exists as a Russian entity). Consisting of a male choir, orchestra and dancers, they were often seen on British TV at one time singing folk songs such as Kalinka, and giving displays of Cossack dancing. Given that they fell into the category of “people we are most likely to have a nuclear war with” their popularity was slightly strange, and had some propaganda value to the Soviets.

This clip subverts the seriousness of the choir, featuring as it does a Lynyrd Skynyrd song as well as The Leningrad Cowboys. They are Finns. And barking.

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