This phrase has a much different meaning in Russia
. While in other parts of the world it means 'To suspend a soap
by means of rope', in Russia
it means 'To get a tighter grip around your neck while being suspended by a rope heavily lathered in soap
A common russian joke starts with someone being all depressed and then saying that life sucks
and that they are going to go kill themselves and then someone pipes in and says, "Don't forget to lather!