Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Russkie rubbish

Section:

Jana Bakunina Meets The Russians

 

Last week, I was adamant to boycott the new show on Fox, Meet The Russians, which promised nothing but a reality TV spin on the stereotypical Russian expats in London: filthy rich, Knightsbridge-dwelling, vodka-drinking, fur-clad billionaires. And then I thought that I may have created a stereotype of my own: this show needn’t be bad and surely the promotional videos featuring wannabe popstar Kamalyia are overstating the ‘cringe factor’.

 

'Meet The Russians' was predictably dominated by ostentatious displays of wealth and excess
‘Meet The Russians’ was predictably dominated by ostentatious displays of wealth and excess

First we meet Kamaliya and Zakhur in their Kiev mansion. What’s fascinating is that with all the steel money in the world you can gold-plate the interior of your house, shoot a Hollywood film and record a sensationally expensive looking music video to promote Zakhur’s $20m Project Kamaliya, but there is one thing money can’t buy and that’s taste. The house, designed by Kamaliya herself, looked shocking, and however amusing was her singing zoo and however touching was her story about trying for children, I could not help but laugh at the heart-shaped cushions, the grotesque art and the centrepiece fireplace.

 

Throughout the show you have to admire the scale of the Russkies’ ambitions. A shoe boutique, financed by a rich daddy, has got to be in Mayfair, a new London flat must be in Hampstead and a buckle must be encrusted with nothing but diamonds. You could laugh at Zakhur’s haircut, Dmitriy’s Boratesque accent and Alina’s ludicrous footwear but you had to marvel at the apparent size of the Russkies’ bank accounts.

 

In the end, I have to say that the only person I was genuinely interested in ‘meeting’ was the ballerina, but, alas, she only got about 10 seconds of coverage. I guess the size of her bank account did not make the Meet the Russians cut.

 

Jana Bakunina is the founder of the Ladies Who Impress forum. She lives in London. 

 

Follow Ladies Who Impress on Twitter @ladieswhoimpres and subscribe to their newsletter here.

The Steeple Times
We research and background check our articles. If you believe we have made and error in some detail please get in touch, we seek always to write the truth and stand against a press owned by a self selected few. Please help us, we will accept all your likes, subscriptions and anonymous suport. The Editor and his team at the Steeple Times.
Advertisement

1 COMMENT

  1. It is a far cry from David Lean’s epic “Doctor Zhivago” The new generation of Russians generate a huge amount of financial capital and go completely over the top. It will be interesting to know how they made their fortunes?
    Perhaps Fox can elaborate on this, I have read several books on “How to make a Million” and still don’t have the hang of it.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Advertisement
Advertisement

SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE DAILY NEWS


Please subscribe and share this site, it really helps us grow and become better. Your data is safe and secure, The Steeple Times will send a single email to you personally at noon each day.

2,546FansLike
2,068FollowersFollow
10,739FollowersFollow
129SubscribersSubscribe

Most Popular

Ghastly Ghislaine Goes 50/1

A BBC Balls-up

A French Farce

MacBook Maxwell

Theresa The Tea Leaf

Lock Him Up 2021!

A Chelsea Essential

Dry January 2021 CANCELLED

Lockup Lunacy

Sorry is the Shiftiest Word

Bombastic Basham Bashes Back

Archewell OFF!

Getaway Ghislaine

Oysters Ahoy!

A Christmas Nightmare

Blow-Up The Donald 2021