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WATCH: Russian Army Sings 'Barbie Girl'

WATCH: Russian Army Sings 'Barbie Girl'


The surfacing of a YouTube clip of singing soldiers conjures an era when Russia didn't automatically prompt thoughts of homophobia.

In the late 1990s, Will & Grace graced television screens in the United States, and on the other side of the world, a newly liberated Russian Republic was finding its place.

In 1997 the larger-than-life former mayor of Moscow, Boris Yeltsin, was president of Russia. And the Russian Army, which a few years before had chosen to side with him, took a moment to shoot a video of a unit strutting and belting out a cadence of the hit song "Barbie Girl" by Danish-Norweigan group Aqua.

"I'm a Barbie girl in a Barbie world. Life in plastic, it's fantastic!" the army unit's male troops belt out boldly in the video dug up on YouTube and posted recently by U.K.-based outlet Pink News.

Watch below as masculine Russian soldiers sing the gay anthem in 1997.

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