Looking serious here — and he IS serious, even if this 24-year-old is so full of fun and energy so much of the time.
He was delivered to my YouTube feed in the past couple of weeks and I was immediately intrigued.
Who is this guy? How come his English is so good? Is he REALLY Russian? Is he even real? Well, I dug and dug — and yes, he is real. I have thoroughly checked Roman out — he has a (recent) university degree in Linguistics, an area Russia has long been good in. He is opinionated and very gifted and seemingly irrepressible. On his channel he has explained in detail how he learned English which is so good thanks to playing internet games, though obviously he also learned at school and university. He is not from a privileged background. He has posts telling about his school and university experiences. Lately he has exposed the propaganda one finds on RT News, fact-checked the polls that say 80+% of Russians support what Putin is doing in Ukraine, movingly talked of the way Russia has changed in his 24 years of life!
As for his English:
Reflecting on the way that young Russian vlogger Roman learned English partly through immersing himself in English language video games I looked back at the part of my 1998 Grad Cert TESOL at UTS that dealt with second language acquisition. The task we were set proved most rewarding and the essay I wrote is of general interest. The lecturer also said it was one of the best he had ever read…
And it has just occurred to me that I wrote this assignment the year Roman was born!
He is often courageous, and I would say of the next two, reliable. I hasten to add that I do not always agree with his opinions, but these two are MUST SEE videos in the current circumstances.
The following one is very recent — 15 April 2022. Courageous too.
Russia’s communications regulator on Saturday ordered media to remove reports describing Moscow’s attack on Ukraine as an “assault, invasion, or declaration of war” or face being blocked and fined.
In a statement, Roskomnadzor accused a number of independent media outlets including television channel Dozhd and the country’s top independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta of spreading “unreliable socially significant untrue information” about the shelling of Ukrainian cities by the Russian army and civilian deaths.
On Thursday, Russian leader Vladimir Putin unleashed a full-scale invasion of Ukraine that has killed dozens of people, forced more than 50,000 to flee Ukraine in just 48 hours and sparked fears of a greater conflict in Europe.The Moscow Times 26 February 2022.
As of 19th April it appears from his Instagram that Roman is back in Tiblisi Georgia.
I went back to YouTube after drafting this post, only to be introduced to another voice from within Russia:
The following vlog post is very interesting as it shows what the news looked like on TV and in newspapers inside Russia in the past few days — including how Bucha and Mariunpol were being reported. The vlogger very carefully avoids comment on the truthfulness of the reports letting the viewers draw their own conclusions. The vlog’s main sponsor is a VPN site.