Russia has pretty good handle on this powerlifitng thing.
There's more money going into the sport there. Big sponsors mean big venues, card girls (occassionally naked ones), and decent cash prizes. While powerlifting is not a huge sport there the way soccer is, it definitely generates more public interest than it does here.
While I'm not particularly interest in the version of powerlifting the IPF has been pushing in the last couple decades, the RPF is a wicked fed. The judging looks to a little looser than what we see in USAPL or IPF Worlds (but still legit lifts). And the liberal testing practices show. RPF lifters tend to be some big, androgenic-looking mesomorphs. The RPF looks like how the USPF looked in the late 80s or early 90s- big men hitting lots of big lifts.