Anything, for the Sake of Income
In the original Russian, the caption rhymed (Чтоб не лишиться добра и мандата, жена разводиться ведёт депутата), so, I did likewise. Yes, Virginia, it’s possible! In the original, the sign read ЗАГС (Записей Актов Гражданского Состояния, ZAGS: literally, Recorder of Acts Regarding Civil Status, “Registry Office”). All Russians know that’s where you go to register your marriage or divorce. By the way, all of continental Europe requires couples to have a civil marriage, even if they have a church ceremony. That’s a good idea. It keeps the church out of the marriage debate… and out of the state’s affairs. That’s how it should be (we should do that here, too… priests shouldn’t act as agents of the state in any way). Do note that the wife is pulling her perplexed husband to the ZAGS with some determination and vigour (she looks rather like a overly-made-up floozy, doesn’t she?). Is this Yolkin’s wry comment on the known vast greed of political wives? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…
In this caricature, Sergei Yolkin comments on the RF Gosduma Committee on Ethics investigation that found out that Gosduma Deputies don’t cavil at fictitious divorces to hide their true income and property holdings.
22 April 2013