The Price of Resistance
St Petersburg has reintroduced the Soviet-era practise of дружинники (druzhinniki). That’s a tough word to “English”. Literally, it’s “companions”… they’re ordinary sorts who patrol the streets to supplement beat cops. I guess that the only way to say it would be “civilian street patrols”, but it loses a great deal of the flavour of the Russian original, which implies that the druzhinniki are a group of mates familiar with one another, who’re patrolling their neighbourhood to ensure its safety.
By the way, these aren’t huge fines… 500 Roubles is 16.75 USD (11.75 Euros. 10 UK Pounds), and 300 Roubles is 9.50 USD (7 Euros. 6 UK Pounds). I can see why Yolkin doubts whether they’ll be effective at all.
6 June 2013