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Monday, 2 June 2014

VOR Presents… Former Berkutovtsy Accepted into OMON with Open Arms… Clear Rebuke to the Poroshenko and His Zapadnik Junta

00 berkut 01. Moscow. 02.06.14

On 30 May, Interior Minister Colonel General V A Kolokoltsev accepted ten new servicemen of the Special Purpose Centre of the Moscow Directorate of the MVD who were members of the MVDU Berkut spetsnaz unit previously.


00 berkut 02. Moscow. 02.06.14

The Berkutovtsy confronted radicals in Kiev, until the junta disbanded them at the end of February. The junta tried to accuse 20 Berkutovtsy of shooting at Euromaidan terrorists, but the charges didn’t stick.


00 berkut 03. Moscow. 02.06.14

After the junta started to persecute the Berkutovtsy, General Kolokoltsev said that they were welcome in Russia, they could join the OMON in their old ranks, and that Russia would see to the needs of their families. President V V Putin said, “The Berkut troopers did their duty faithfully”.


00 berkut 04. Moscow. 02.06.14

General Kolokoltsev and General Yakunin, the head of the Moscow Directorate of the MVD laid flowers at the memorial to MVD troops who died in the course of their duties.


00 berkut 05. Moscow. 02.06.14

Here, we see one of the former Berkutovtsy taking the oath of allegiance to Russia.


00 berkut 06. Moscow. 02.06.14

General Kolokoltsev said that 92 Berkutovtsy are in the process of becoming Russian citizens, he hopes that they’ll have successful future careers. 42 of them have chosen units other than the OMON for their MVD service.


00 berkut 07. Moscow. 02.06.14

General Kolokoltsev congratulated the new OMON troopers.


00 berkut 08. Moscow. 02.06.14

General Kolokoltsev said, “These men are a very competent reinforcement”.



The Berkutovtsy embodied COPS (Conscientious Officers Protect and Serve). Because of their training, discipline, cohesion, motivation, and sheer courage, they stood on the Maidan facing the Uniate terrorists, and only fired when they had to. Quite often, they faced violent and unhinged mobs… and stood their ground without killing anyone. These men are exemplars… they’re true men, worthy of all praise and respect. The junta replaced them with Euromaidan trash terrorists with no discipline or training. These sorry sacks o’ shit scuttle over the east like cockroaches… killing people, robbing, and molesting women. I seem to see a difference. The Berkutovtsy incarnated PIG (Pride Integrity Guts)… the junta pigs are just that… pigs. The American media demonised the Berkut… they LOVE the junta thugs… do note that. I’d call it theatre of the absurd…

One last thing… thousands of “Ukrainian” servicemen rallied to Russia, including the former commander of the Ukrainian Navy. NOT A SINGLE Russian or patriot serviceman has gone over to the junta… NONE. It seems to me that’s quite a difference… not reported by outlets of the likes of Radio Liberty and Fox News… fancy that…


31 May 2014

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

9 February 2014. Now, For Something Entirely Different… The MVD Gets Its Funk On!

00 Sochi Olympics 01. 09.01.14

MVD choir at the Sochi Olympics


The MVD Choir does Get Lucky at the Olympics


A studio recording of the same song


Ya didn’t know that the MVD could get down and get funky? One of the Cabinet wrote me:

I absolutely love their performance. I keep playing it. You won’t see police in the USA with choirs, that’s to be sure! There’s quite a difference between the young officers “getting their funk on” in front and the ramrod-straight older officers.

There’s TWO shades of soul out there… black folks got one kind… Russkies have another… but they do come together, don’t they? After all, real is real… there’s GOOD SHIT out there…



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Sunday, 1 December 2013

1 December 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 11-15 November 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin. 11-15 November 2013. 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 11-15 November 2013

Sergei Yolkin



In the original Russian text of the cartoon, Yolkin uses the word Милиции (Militsii: literally, “Militia”), the old name for the cops (now, they’re called полиция: politsiya). The former term remains in widespread colloquial use, so, I rendered it as “Cops”, the nearest English analogue.



Sergei Yolkin considers the themes of the week just past… the first snow, the capture of businessman Sergei Polonsky, and MVD Staff Day.

15 November 2013

Sergei Yolkin




Monday, 14 October 2013

14 October 2013. Only in Russia… Protesters Dressed as Veggies Nicked by the Coppers

00 Russian protesters. Moscow RUSSIA. 'Veggies'. 14.10.13


MVD troops (they both appear to be young conscripts) detain men dressed as a cucumber and a tomato during a rally held by opposition supporters in central Moscow, 6 April 2013. Protesters demanded the release of anti-government activists detained at Bolotnaya Square on 6 May 2012, the eve of Putin‘s inauguration. The signs read, “We aren’t vegetables” (right) and “Send ‘em all home” (left). The coppers seem to be getting a kick out of this… do note that the “veggies” aren’t brutalised. That’s why CNN wasn’t there…


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