Gopniks

gospodinpopara

Beograd, Serbia

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Russian squat (slav squat, korty) refers to the squatting position often done by thugs while loitering/waiting outside. The position can be described as squatting with slightly relaxed arms hanging on the knees and almost touching the ground.
It originates in the prison population, also known as gopniki. Squatting gopnik typically holds in his hands: a cigarette, plastic 1.5 or 2 liters beer bottle with cheap beer in it (“baklashka”, “tit” or “dummy”). Other attributes are: a rosary, chain, key chain (in this case, gopnik makes rotational movements, as if concentrating on the process of rotation), sunflower seeds, clenched or packaged in a paper bag.
A puddle of spit is forming quite rapidly around gopnik while he is “squatting”. Occasionally, gopnik spits sunflower seeds into an empty beer bottle, just to entertain himself.

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