Minzdrav Snatches Away Victims from Death
In Russian usage, “Minzdrav” is an acronym for Ministry of Health (in Russian, of course). It’s common coinage in the Russian language… for instance, Minobrony is the Ministry of Defence, and Minyust is the Ministry of Justice. American equivalents are POTUS, SecDef, and DoD. Bureaucratese IS international, after all. In Orwell’s 1984, the reader finds the Russian format for acronym formation in the Newspeak Ingsoc, Minitrue, and Miniluv (amongst others). It’s not sinister in intent… although it appears that way at times. It’s just meant to save keystrokes (no lie).
Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova estimates that the new anti-smoking law has the intent of saving 150,000 to 200,000 Russian lives a year. Here’s how Sergei Yolkin sees it.
28 May 2013