Voices from Russia

Sunday, 9 February 2014

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

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MVD choir at the Sochi Olympics

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The MVD Choir does Get Lucky at the Olympics

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A studio recording of the same song

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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…

BMD

 

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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

2013

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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.

BMD

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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

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131115/977148577.html

 

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

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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…

BMD

Monday, 16 September 2013

16 September 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Some Will Contend in the Marathon… Some Will Have to Contend with It

00 Sergei Yolkin. Some Will Contend in the Marathon... Some Will Have to Contend with It. 2013

Some will Contend in the Marathon… Some will have to Contend with It

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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The original Russian title was Кому марафон бежать, а кому объезжать (Komu marafon bezhat, a komu obyezhat), employing a play on words. My problem was to “English” it in such a way as to retain that wordplay. I think that the above fills the bill…

By the way, the cop in the picture belongs to the GIBDD, the Russian traffic cops. It’s a specialised branch of the MVD. Traffic snarls in Moscow are the worst in Europe; it makes rush-hour traffic on the Beltway look anaemic in comparison. That means that the detours in force for the Marathon pissed off tons of drivers. It wasn’t a good day to be a cop…

BMD

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On Sunday, there’ll be traffic restrictions in Moscow because of the first-ever Moscow Marathon. Sergei Yolkin gives us his view of it all.

12 September 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130912/962768327.html

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