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Have you heard about the Russians of Bali? Damnedest thing. Rubled-up youth from the motherland have discovered the climate, favorable exchange rate, and 24-hour party platform of everyone’s favorite Hindu paradise. And they’ve found surfing. No one is sure how many Russians have landed, but it isn’t going unnoticed. Not with the way the gals look. Not with the amount of Cyrillic surf school signage. Not with the amount of droning EDM pumping from speaker cones around Kuta. So what does it mean? Mariah Ernst reports.