"4NBoyz - SLAV SQUAT (UKIP DISS) 4K"
If someone in the UK believes those east-European immigrants ('the Slavs')
must be certainly doing those 'Slav Squats' in the streets, public transport
etc than it's a miscomprehension of what it really is.
This counter-cultural 'squat' fashion was originated in Russia, but it has
nothing specific to do with the Slavs, one should take it in the context of
the post-Soviet urban Gopnik culture <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gopnik>
The term 'gopnik' took place in the USSR, but still nobody knows for sure
where exactly it came from. It was in 'gray' language zone, it came to wide
and common use in the mid-1980s to designate hooligan-like [young low-life]
urban people that behave in an uncivilized way and make troubles to others.
However, at the time there still was no any (counter-)culture about that.
The latter formed in the 2000s due to the Internet, where the stereotypical
image / caricature of the Gopnik was developed, with a few 'canonical'
attributes, including the squat. It would be an intricate culturological
story to tell where exactly all Gopnik attributes came from (the explanations
cited in the Wikipaedia are poor), but such a canonical character was always
much less a real thing rather than a meme, which has spread recently in the
social networks. Squatting people can be seen in the Russian cities quite
rarely, but some of the [young] Russians find it funny and cool to present
themselves in the social networks etc in the 'true Gopnik' style. The Gopnik
photos one can find in the internet today are such posed jokes or 'jokes' or
photoshopped creatures of various levels of good and bad taste. This fashion
has spread into the countries neighboring to Russia including East Europe
where it took on the 'Slav' narrative.
Now it goes further to 'the West' under association with Russia.
"What is this 'Russians squat' and why is it suddenly cool?"
Another German outlet notices "instagram is full of creative imitators", asks
a question "why are everyone squatting now?" and provides a scientific (likely
Some started to make money on it.
Since demand creates supply (and v.v.) there are enthusiastic persons willing
to promote the Gopnik(-like) style and culture among the 'western' public, eg.
The original song that introduced the term 'gopnik' into common circulation.
An intelligible talk about the Gopnik fashion (in French).