No Bears Show dribbles Russian cities towards the World Cup

A journalist couple from St Petersburg create a Youtube show aiming to smash all stereotypes about Russia before the 2018 FIFA World Cup


Over the past few years, Russian YouTubers have found a significant place within the country’s online public sphere. If you haven’t checked out self-deprecating, quirky, and influential Youtubers such as Dud, Sasha Spilberg, Nixelpixel, and of course, Aleksey Navalny, you really should. However, if your Russian is not sufficiently good, you’re a football fan, and you want to know more about Russia from an inner perspective, look no further.

St Petersburg based journalist, Evgeniy Golantsev, and his wife Elizaveta have started a Youtube channel called No Bears Show: a series of videos about Russian cities, training camps of other national teams, sports bars, and more.

“I want to portray Russia as it is—you know, without all the bears and wandering around the city playing the Balalaikas,” Golantsev told Prospekt Magazine. “I think it’s important to eradicate prejudice and stereotypes against Russia before the World Cup, that’s our ultimate mission,” he added.

You can subscribe to their channel here, and share the videos with your friends and football/Russia enthusiasts.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.

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