December 26, 1991. The day the Soviet Union fell.

With the fall of Marxist Communism, Russia and the former Soviet states joined the Western world in enjoying those hallmarks that define a truly free society. I’m not only talking about (questionably) fair and free elections and participating in the capitalist marketplace, but also those elements which truly define who we are. The Sickle and Hammer were replaced by The Golden Arches (there are now over 600 McDonalds locations in Russia). The Soviet Union was now home to the Banana Republic.

This cultural exchange immediately following The Fall was not one way – we in the West also benefit with access to Russian caviar and vodka.

Despite the fact it has been almost 30 years since the Soviet Union fell, Russia, and more specifically Russians, remains mysterious to many of us. Thankfully, @LookatthisRussian is finally obliterating what remains of The Iron Curtain and offering its followers what may be the most authentic look into what life in modern-day Russia looks like, and unfortunately, it’s all too familiar to some of our countryman. Think ‘People of Walmart’ with a Russian flare.

The feed is peppered with images of President Putin swimming with dolphins admonishing his people of the dangers of dolphin rape, a Russian model laying glamorously upon a pile of trash, and the only trace that remains of the bread lines of yesterday are the masses of children who line up for a piece of cake cut from an eerily lifelike pastry modeled after a postmortem V.I. Lenin. Shit is weird.

 Oh, and the mullets. The many glorious, glorious mullets.

However easy you may find it to look at these Commies and mock their way of life, you then need to hold up a mirror to us in the U.S. These accordion playing, mulleted, uni-brow’ed Ruskis may look like they are still in 1984, but they somehow managed to completely manipulate the U.S. presidential election and convince The Leader of the Free World that their intel is more reliable than that provided by the CIA and FBI…

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I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry when scrolling through these images… but in either event, I still can’t stop looking.

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