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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

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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




Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Siberian Man Declared Dead, Denied Pension, Complains, Coppers in the Soup for Crook Report



On Tuesday, the Kemerovo Oblast Prokuratura said on their official website that cops in western Siberia face criminal investigation for declaring a local man dead, but he turned out to be alive and well. A 54-year-old local resident filed a complaint after the authorities denied him a state pension because they stated that he was dead. The confusion came about after cops misidentified another man who expired of tuberculosis on a Kemerovo street last month. Police make the mistake because they trusted locals’ testimony, so, they handed over the body to a funeral service for burial after nobody claimed it. Now, the officers who misidentified the dead man face a criminal case on negligence charges, punishable by up to three months behind bars. The SKP launched an investigation to identify the man buried last month.

15 October 2013




Sunday, 13 October 2013

Over 8 Kees of Marijuana Found in Cop’s Car

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On Saturday, the local SKP said that police seized over 8 kilos (about 18 pounds) of marijuana from a cop in Rostov Oblast. The man, a junior officer with the K-9 unit of the Rostov-on-Don police, was driving a Chevrolet Lacetti when cops stopped his car for a check. The police statement said, “Cannabis, weighting more than 8 kilos in total, was found in the trunk of his car and seized”. The officer was fired and faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

13 October 2013



Saturday, 21 September 2013

Russian Cops March Bears Into Forest

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Bears in the streets and tough cops… this week, two stereotypes about Russia came together in the coal-mining region of Kemerovo Oblast when local police marched a trio of hungry bear cubs from a central town square back into the nearby woods. According to a statement from regional police, late Thursday, a local woman in the town of Beryozovsky spotted one cub “calmly strolling down the street, looking for food in the garbage bins”. Five teams of officers soon arrived at the spot, only to find three bear cubs in the courtyards of nearby buildings. Police cordoned off the area; then, they “escorted the uninvited guests into the woods. They followed the bear cubs in their patrol cars and lit the way with their headlights. The trip took more than an hour”. The police speculated that the cubs might have been the orphans of a female bear fatally hit by a freight train in July on a nearby rail line.

20 September 2013




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