A guy was talking about his recent visit to Russia somewhere around the net. I guess he himself was from Eastern Europe, perhaps Yugoslavia. He said that once he totally forgot where he was, and started singing the anthem of the Soviet Union. Apparently some youngsters start giggling and even singing along. And then suddenly this police officer appears from nowhere. The way he told it, seems like he was on the verge of getting into huge trouble, although he might have been exaggerating.
But is it really that terrible? I for one absolutely love that song, notwithstanding it's political aspect. The main theme is really heart-stirring, and there is something about the lyrics that's kind of nostalgic, even for someone like me, who has never lived there. [Well, of course, in spite of that, the opening of the first stanza always has an ironic effect: Союз нерушимый республик свободных...]
So what do you folks think about the old anthem?
And yet another, not-so-related question: is it still OK to call people "товарищ"?