Voices from Russia

Monday, 13 May 2013

13 May 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Traditions of the Warm Season

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Traditions of the Warm Season

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Since a shower head looks vaguely like an old Sov public radio loudspeaker, Yolkin has it broadcasting a “message”. In fact, all the old Sov news bulletins of the ‘30s and ‘40s started with Yuri Levitan intoning, “внимание” (vnimanie: attention)… often, followed by “говорит Москва” (govorit Moskva: Moscow calling). Every year, the local authorities turn off the urban central hot water plant for about a week to maintain the system. It could be as short as three days… it could be as long as two weeks… you’re looking for precision? Hey, “Russians aren’t Germans”. Of course, they don’t publish it (you’re supposed to “know” that such things happen on a regular basis at about the same time every year)… you get the “announcement” the “hard way”… now, that’s getting your attention the Russian way…

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Attention, attention! Sergei Yolkin wants you to know that they’re turning off the hot water in Moscow to do the traditional summer maintenance of the system!

13 May 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130513/937014362.html

Saturday, 17 November 2012

17 November 2012. A Photo Spread. Our Great Russian Motherland… Up on the Roof… in Piter

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Mood music… Up on the Roof by the Drifters

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St Petersburg, as seen from a rooftop vantage-point. There are nutters who’re dangerous, there are nutters who’re harmless, there are nutters who’re humorous, and there are nutters who’re kinda fun. These “roofies” appear to be of the last sort. It’s kinda nuts to go crawling over roofs, but you’ve gotta admit, they take arse-kicking photos… these snaps are by daredevil photographer Sergei Degtyaryov.

Give ‘em a tip of the jug…

BMD

Saturday, 29 September 2012

29 September 2012. A Photo Essay. Just Another Russian Urban Neighbourhood… Cheryomushki Raion in Moscow


Recycling bins for glass, metal, paper, and plastic

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Please! No animals allowed on the lawns!

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A bust of the poet Mikhail Lermontov

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Moscow is broken up into Raions (districts), which are part of larger units called Okrugs (which for unfathomable reasons, is always left in the Russian… they’re the equivalent of New York City boroughs). There are twelve Okrugs with 125 constituent raions. Cheryomushki Raion is in the Southwestern Administrative Okrug, the HQ of Gazprom is here. The Metro runs through the raion, using Profosoyuznaya, Novye Cheryomushki, and Kaluzhskaya (north to south, #6 Kaluzhno-Rizhskaya Line, it’s orange on the Metro map) stations on the western side. All riders have to travel north, towards the city centre, to transfer to other lines. On the eastern side, the Metro uses Nakhimovsky Prospekt and Sevastopolskaya stations (north to south, on the #9 Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line, it’s grey on the Metro map). Riders can transfer to the #11 Kakhovskaya Line (it’s blue-green on the Metro map) at Sevastopolskaya station. For all other transfers, riders have to travel north, towards the city centre. Cheryomushki Raion is a fairly-modern district, most buildings are postwar construction.

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