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Russians Can Sing! - Listen to These Villagers Sing 'When We Were at War' (Video)

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Brother and sister, Zoya and Valera, from the village Brestchina, Belorussia, are major stars on the Russian youtube, with 10s of millions of views of their renditions of Russian folks songs.

Their secret - they are completely authentic, and sing their hearts out.

Listen to this one.   It is a Russian favorite, a  Cossack song about war.

It was written by Russian poet David Samoylov and it is posed as an inner monologue of a soldier.

Smoking a pipe, he is telling the story, hiding heartache, concerned his beloved' betrayal. He is looking for death in battle,  expecting it as getting rid of his suffering.

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