Voices from Russia

Thursday, 11 December 2014

11 December 2014. The Cabinet on Good Cops and Bad Cops

00 NYPD Cop and Homeless Guy. 01.12.12


One of the Cabinet sent me this:

I entirely agree with you about most cops truly wishing to “protect and serve”… however…, I think that the country (it shows up in policing, amongst other places) is pretty screwed up when it comes to race. Basically, most of us expect the worst from our Black brethren, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Republicans might be happy to put all the people of colour on one end of the continent and cut them loose, but the problem isn’t going to go away until we talk more candidly about that legacy of slavery, plantation life, Jim Crow, etc. Each cop on the beat has to deal with this context as best he can, but it takes a real saint to be unaffected by the larger picture.

Most coppers are good guys… they’re doing an often-thankless job. By and large, cops are honest… unfortunately, violence is seeping through America, and the Republican Party is fostering it through extreme warmongering in foreign parts, excessive police force at home (militarisation of local cops), inordinate use of imprisonment (the USA is #1 in prisoners), and pandering to gun nutters. Libertarians are anarchists… anarchists aren’t bearded bomb-throwers in rags… they’re “respectable” banksters in suits! Anarchy is what the Republicans want… in such a system, even good men commit enormities. Ordinary people committed the Nazi war crimes… it CAN happen here, and let’s see that it doesn’t. Firstly, let’s support the good cops and stop them becoming “auxiliary soldiers”. If we don’t, our free society will become a Republican Anarchistic Libertarian Hell. It IS in our hands…


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

10 December 2014. I Got This Off a LEFTIST Website… Here’s What Cops are REALLY Like

00 jacksonville cop with kid 02. 10.12.14


00 jacksonville cop with kid. 10.12.14


I was reading this. It was a verbatim post of this. Read it… this is what most cops are like. I agree with the following:

With all the recent news reports of police brutality, this story is truly a breath of fresh air. Officer Behnam saw a family in need and went out of his way to make sure that they had the Christmas they deserved. He’s a shining example of what law enforcement should be and he deserves our praise.

‘Nuff said. Never say that lefties hate cops. We hate rogue cops and the political elements that empower and protect them. That’s something else entirely… and real cops know what I’m talking about. Real cops protect and serve ordinary folks… rogue cops protect business-suited thieves and serve moneygrubbing pols and banksters… I’d say that there’s a real difference there. One of these things is NOT like the other!


Friday, 5 December 2014

5 December 2014. A Russian Take on Ferguson

00 Ferguson MO riot. 05.12.14


Here’s a POV:

There’s VAST support in the Russian media FOR the protesters and against the racist ruling in Ferguson… compare that to the US Media take on the matter! EVERY SINGLE PERSON I KNOW supports Michael Brown and America’s systemic racism sickens them.

Really… I’m so sick of the USA’s hypocrisy and of the White émigré dalliance with the Rabid Right. The OCA has become a totally Americanised navel-gazing sect and the ROCOR seems to have nothing but 19th century answers to 21st century issues. My heart is with the Mother Church. Apparently, the USSR did have a good influence upon people’s attitudes.


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




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