TV instruction to Moscow’s underground

Moscow Goths by Peter Guttierez

When I returned to Moscow after 14 years things had changed. A lot. My Russian slang was suddenly dated, most older women had fire engine red hair and there were superior coffee shops everywhere. To adjust and get a better feel of the Motherland I spent my evenings watching television.

Moskva Instruktsiya, or Moscow Instruction, is a program claiming to be a guide to Moscow’s growing subcultures. Conventionally attractive (and somewhat condescending) hostesses serve as the viewers’ chaperones to the underground. While the show is informative and uses now edgy propaganda art-inspired titles it does feel like the reality TV exploitation we’re used to here in the States. Interesting nonetheless is this piece of Instruktsiya gold YouTube so generously provided. I give you Russian Emo, Punks and Cyber Goths on Moskva Instruktsiya.

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7 Responses to “TV instruction to Moscow’s underground”

  1. Nadya Says:

    [begin entirely predictable comment]
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  2. James Shearhart Says:

    /bursts into tears….

    I lash out:

    (Too snarky? Sorry, it’s Monday….)

  3. Mer Says:


    Proof positive that Choad is a universal language.

  4. Zoetica Says:

    Oh Mer, if you could only understand the extend of this chode-dom.

    Nadya, polniy otpad.

  5. Nadya Says:

    I think that the show announcer is more uber than all of them… with her pirate outfit.

    Some choice quotes from the young articulate cybergoth gentleman:

    “I had friends who want to cut off their arms and replace them with mechanical ones”
    “It’s quiet in the cemetery, I can think there”


  6. Tanya Says:

    All I can say is — Oy….

    I am planning my return to Moscow in 2009, after a 16 year absense. I fear that I will be not be able to restrain my curiousity & will try to seek out where these people hang out. I can’t help it!!! Can only do so much pickle eating on my uncle’s dacha.

  7. sofia Says:

    oh well i do watch that program weird seeing something russian especially goth on american goth didnt really develop,still very beautiful country that goth would admire.
    i must say those programs really scare russian people as i said goth is not developed in russia and usually they get mixed up with satanists and bondage then……