This song is a light-hearted homage to the idea of the Russian party lifestyle. Williams said: "Part of the British identity is that we all believe we're the best at partying, most nations think that of themselves... but there ain't no party like a Russian Party."
Robbie expanded on the song's meaning on his website:
"It's about hedonism and the spirit of partying. It's not about being Russian, but it's about partying like a Russian. The person singing is a bit me, and a bit a character. But all of my songs are."
The song was written by Robbie Williams and his old collaborator Guy Chambers. The pair penned his early hits such as "Angels
" and "Rock DJ
Robbie includes a few words of Russian on the song. They are:
Spasiba ("Thank You")
Raz, dva, tri, chetyre ("One, two, three, four")
Stoli (short for "Stolichnaya", a Russian vodka)
The song samples the strings from "'Dance of the Knights" by Sergei Prokofiev, which BBC TV viewers will recognise as The Apprentice's theme tune.
The video sees Robbie Williams playing the role of a larger than life Russian oligarch. The Russians didn't like the way the clip pokes fun at the oligarch's outlandish lifestyle and grandeur, and it provoked a backlash, with the country's state TV channel Vesti suggesting it was a stunt intended to boost the singer's popularity. "There's 147 million people in Russia and I don't want to upset them in any way," said the singer.