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Migrant Workers Of The World, YouTube!


A YouTube video has caught fire that'll help you beat the Monday blues, and you'll want to play it up loud.

Whether it's at a cobbler's bench or a ">construction site, a migrant worker in Russia known as "Jimmy Jimmy" or "Tajik Jimmy" has won a modicum of celebrity indulging his passion for the Bollywood musical.



"The Independent" writes that he's a thirtysomething Tajik laborer whose real name is Baimurat Allaberiyev.

We hope you'll agree that it offers an upbeat distraction from the grim hardships facing migrant workers around the former Soviet space -- from jobs drying up from the Czech Republic to Vladivostok, to immigrant bashing (of both the literal and figurative sorts), to widespread predatory practices.

-- Andy Heil

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