Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

They say that this tradition of mass street fighting is still alive in these villages and that it began in the 16th century. Even during Soviet times, over 600 people were engaging in the fun which usually lasts for three days. The tradition is not unique to this place – street fighting was very wide spread across Russia as general recreation, but let’s look into this particular place where even now in our civilized 2010s people meet each year for a few rounds.

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

A long time ago, people had no protection or helmets or anything – these days some try not to risk their faces and teeth and come protected.

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

“Before it was much more fun”, says Alexei, a local, “in the 1950s it lasted three days – the villages all around sent their fighters on horses and in cars. They brought food with them and sometimes celebrated weddings at the same time – it was big fun here, they were fighting and at the same time the people were drinking and eating at the newly wed’s celebration. At that time each house had 5-7 men in it, and now they are all abandoned”.

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

He says that usually it was started by a couple of fighters and then others joined in. Sometimes, first little kids fought and then adults went to “protect” them. This was a tradition.

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Some still go unprotected but sometimes they wear gloves. In Soviet times they tried to regulate the fights and were ordering to stop hitting any person who already had signs of blood.
However when the Soviet union collapsed nobody seemed to regulate these fights anymore and prohibited things like metal rods started appearing.

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

You see, even foreign visitors come to see what’s happening.

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Even little kids seem to be inspired.

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Older kids have some fun other than just fighting.

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Here is a video too:


Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition

Hope you liked this post and thanks to Ridus for the report!
Also, do you think your local municipality would support such fun too?
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3 thoughts on “Thousands of People Engage in Fighting as a part of Russian Tradition”

  1. Mass fightings is not russian tradition – its turkish, tartarian. For russians any fights where illegal for thousand years. Russians are peasants.

  2. Haha, ya lublju Russia😄 In usa they would get shot and in eu they would be jailed and marked forever as terrorists and racists.

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