This is video of Maria Dmitrienko, member of Kazakhstan's shooting team, receiving her gold medal at a ceremony in Kuwait. You might also recognize the song — which should be the Kazakh anthem and is instead the spoof anthem used in the film Borat. While Dmitrienko seems to take it pretty well in the video, the team has demanded an apology.
It only took Kazakhstan four years to respond to Sasha Baron Cohen. My Brother Borat is an attempt to redeem Kazakhstan of the negative attention that has plighted the country since Cohen donned a bad mustache in 2006's Borat.
"Kazakhstan's sole communication satellite, used by many of the nation's TV broadcasters, is out of control due to a computer glitch and may be lost altogether, officials said." At least they won't be able to see all the "Borat" jokes that are coming. Ha, who's running the space program over there, ha? [NYP]
A tipster sends along an email that purports to be from the "Cultural Center of Kazakhstan," an outfit that appears to have a barely functioning website. The email announces the Center's upcoming project at the "Time Warnerer building" called "From Kazakhstan With Love." We were all set to chalk this up as some sort of Petrescu-sibling-esque joke, when we read on and discovered that maybe, sadly, there's nothing intentionally funny about this at all.