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Sunday, 13 January 2013

13 January 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Vigilantes Against Smoking

00 Sergei Yolkin. Vigilantes Against Smoking. 2013

Vigilantes Against Smoking

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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In Russian, Народное ополчение (Narodnoe Opolcheniye: People’s Militia or Muster) brings up visions of Minin and Pozharsky during the Smuta, of the First Patriotic War against Napoleon, and the desperate defence of Moscow, Leningrad, and Sevastopol in the VOV. This caricature also has overtones of the Sov era Добровольная Народная Дружина/ДНД (Dobrovolnaya Narodnaya Druzhina/DND: Volunteer People’s Posse) and of Soviet anti-drunkenness posters. To use the word ополчение as he did, Yolkin’s taking a sly dig at the current anti-smoking campaign. He’s hinting that it’s overblown and more than a little self-serving. Again, a Russian would be au fait about many of these things, and would grasp Yolkin’s point immediately, but a Westerner needs a heads-up on it all to see the thrust of the jab.

I chose “vigilante” as the rendering of ополчение because “militia” would be too formal… and the picture makes it clear that Yolkin finds the whole thing too ludicrous for words. It’d also give it a military colouring that Yolkin’s not trying to convey.

BMD

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On Friday, the newspaper Izvestiya reported that RF Gosduma deputies proposed a ban on smoking rooms in buildings, smoking onscreen in TV and movies, and for the new anti-smoking law to enter into effect immediately, not in phases, on 1 January 2014.

11 January 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130111/917724306.html

 

13 January 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Depardieumania

00 Sergei Yolkin. Depardieumania. 2013

Depardieumania

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Gérard Depardieu decided to move after new French President François Hollande introduced tax reforms that imposed a marginal tax rate of 75 percent on income over a million Euros (40.57 million Roubles. 1.34 million USD. 830,000 UK Pounds) a year. On 3 January 2013, Depardieu became a Russian citizen.

10 January 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130110/917564884.html

 

Topless Femen Activists Detained at Gay Protest in Vatican City

00 Femen topless protest. Vatican. Rome. gay rights. 13.01.13

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On Sunday, local media said that four activists of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen staged a topless protest for gay rights in Vatican City as Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger was reciting a prayer. The activists, who had the slogan “In Gay We Trust” painted on their backs, staged a protest by the Christmas tree in the centre of St Peter’s Square. AGI news agency said that the Vatican police briefly detained the women. The radical feminist movement Femen began in 2008; mainly, it protested issues of interest to women. Later, the group made headlines in pro-democracy and anti-corruption protests in Russia, the Ukraine, and London.

 13 January 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130113/178750360/Topless_Femen_Activists_Detained_at.html

13 January 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Holiday Week, Work Year…

00 Sergei Yolkin. Holiday Week, Work Year... 2013

Holiday Week, Work Year…

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Every year, Russians have a holiday break from New Year’s to after Orthodox Christmas (on 7 January). That is, it’s the start not only of a new calendar year and of a new liturgical season, it’s the beginning of a new work year, too. Yolkin plays a visual joke here… the New Year ribbon seems to go on without end (and the guy’s looking backward with a wistful glance), seeming to symbolise the longing of this poor commuter for his home and holiday… that is, the poor fellow doesn’t want his holiday to end, but he knows that he has to show up onsite or else…

BMD

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This week, the long New Year’s holiday ends in Russia. There will be a short work week of only three days, from 9 to 11 January inclusive.

9 January 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130109/917408503.html

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