Sex And the Soviet Bloc

Moscow Sex in the City

Ever wondered what those vodka drinking fishnet wearing Russian ladies you see at the grocery store are really thinking? Well now you can because Russia has its very own Sex And the City called Balzac Age. The very Russsian difference is that they aren’t living high on the hog.

“Balzac Age, or All Men Are Bast … ” (as in bastards; the Russian short form is a common term here), a popular television program whose second season just began, may be a comedy about sex in a big city, but many aspects of the lives of its four female leads might be a bit of a shock to the fabulous quartet from Manhattan.

“‘Sex and the City’ is full of the glamour, chic, splendor and beauty of New York,” said Alika Smekhova, who plays Sonia, a widowed gold digger on the prowl for yet another rich, old husband. “Our heroines, like our countrywomen, are deprived of glamour,” she added, though Sonia lives in a duplex – luxurious lodgings in this city of unaffordable apartments.

We’re not hoping for another AbFab, but maybe some American network will pick up the show (available now only on the Russian NTV.) We’re always up for watching four emotionally wrecked, pancake-make-up wearing, prostitute-looking ladies dish about their love lives. Our relatives would suffice but the holidays are over and we need a replacement.

It’s Like ‘Sex And the City’ Only the City is Moscow [NY Times]