diclaimer: I haven't been following the controversy about the Russian aboriginal OD too closely, as someone who's had academic and personal contact with indigenous cultural issues (from a non-involved continent) I thought the whole thing would fill me with weariness and despair.
But, a particular thought occurred to me when reading third-hand comments by the Russian side and I don't know if it's been addressed, so I'll bring it up here.
Anyway, some of the comments from the Russian team (sensu largo) have tried to distance themselves from particular aboriginal cultures and can be summed up as (roughly) 'It's not a real aboriginal dance, it's just something we made up'.
My question, then, is : Wouldn't that mean their OD is not following the guidelines set out by the ISU? I haven't read the particular guidelines but the first time the folk theme was used there was a lot of stuff about genuine real dances 'of the people' and IIRC a team or two were told to rework/change their ODs to bring them into line with the guidelines.
It seems to me that non-authentic music with a bunch of made up moves not based on the culture in question is playing pretty fast and loose with the rules, even by Dom/Shab standards. Or am I missing something?
In related news: Is it possible under the rules for them to dump the current OD and go back to their folk OD of 2008? Or is the state of his knees such that that's not possible?
Sorry if this has been discussed earlier but my nerves probably wont' take reading all the back and forth on this issue so far.