Russian series on Perestroika-era youth gangs breaks popularity records, defying attempts to ban it

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Screenshot from the original page of the article in the Russian Post. Used with permission. This article by Sofia Sorochinskaya was first published in RussiaPost on DATE. An edited version is republished by Global Voices with permission. In November 2023, Russian streaming services premiered the series “Slovo Patsana. Krov’ na asphalte” (The Boy’s Word: Blood on the Asphalt). Within just a month, it was breaking popularity records in Russia, surpassing the previous leader, the South Korean drama Squid Game. The series tells the story of youth street gangs in late 1980s Kazan, the capital of Ta…

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