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Ukraine: 90's flashback as 'Gopniks' dance through Kiev01:02

Ukraine: 90's flashback as 'Gopniks' dance through Kiev

Ukraine, Kiev
April 15, 2013 at 14:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: 90's flashback as 'Gopniks' dance through Kiev

A group of boys and girls swaggered and danced down Kiev's main street Khreshchatyk on Sunday, paying homage to a 90's subculture.

The Gopnik subculture developed in Russia and many other newly independent states during the chaotic decade following the break-up of the Soviet Union. There are many theories about the origin of the Gopnik culture but no hard evidence exists as to its' beginnings.

The participants at the parade adhered strictly to the Gopnik "dress code" with people sporting caps, dress shoes, man's handbag and athletic track suits from Adidas, Puma, or Nike.

Some participants squatted in a circle while de-husking sunflower seeds, a trademark of the Gopnik sub-culture. Those who could play guitar strummed along to Russian songs while other Gopniks danced and sang to 90's music.

The sub-culture is often associated with aggressive behaviour, smoking, crime and alcohol abuse. Gopniks have also been compared to the other sub-culture group known as Chavs, Spides, and Neds from the United Kingdom.

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Ukraine: 90's flashback as 'Gopniks' dance through Kiev

A group of boys and girls swaggered and danced down Kiev's main street Khreshchatyk on Sunday, paying homage to a 90's subculture.

The Gopnik subculture developed in Russia and many other newly independent states during the chaotic decade following the break-up of the Soviet Union. There are many theories about the origin of the Gopnik culture but no hard evidence exists as to its' beginnings.

The participants at the parade adhered strictly to the Gopnik "dress code" with people sporting caps, dress shoes, man's handbag and athletic track suits from Adidas, Puma, or Nike.

Some participants squatted in a circle while de-husking sunflower seeds, a trademark of the Gopnik sub-culture. Those who could play guitar strummed along to Russian songs while other Gopniks danced and sang to 90's music.

The sub-culture is often associated with aggressive behaviour, smoking, crime and alcohol abuse. Gopniks have also been compared to the other sub-culture group known as Chavs, Spides, and Neds from the United Kingdom.