I’m intrigued by this Youtube video. It’s a video of a “flashmob,” taken February 26, 2012 in Moscow’s Sparrow Hills (right here, via Googlemaps); they’re dancing to a remix of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (by Taco or Irving Berlin, depending on the length of your memory).
The reason why I’m intrigued, and the reason I put “flashmob” in quotes, is because the production values of this little video are pretty high. I thought a “flashmob” was an unorganized, grassroots group of people who independently arrive someplace and do whatever-dance to a remix of “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” for example. But wow, this looks pretty choreographed, and there are multiple cameras filming it (including one on a helicopter!).
One possible clue is that the last couple repetitions of the refrain, at the end of the video, are changed from “Puttin on the Ritz” to “Putin molodyets!” (Good job, Putin!) Another is that the wedding party seems to be intentionally included in the whole spectacle, much to the delight (and surprise?) of the bride.
So… What is the story behind this Russian “flashmob” event? Who paid for it, who are the performers, who’s the bride? (Here’s an earlier thread about this video, and it does contain some speculation, but it doesn’t really answer my question.)