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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

23 January 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Vinous Negotiations

00 Sergei Yolkin. Vinous Negotiations. 2013

Vinous Negotiations

Sergei Yolkin



The RIA translator gets a Big Green Weenie Award for messing up the caricature’s title and the text in the cartoon. It’s not, “I hope you have serious intentions”, it’s more like, “If you’re serious about this, get involved in the negotiations…”. It’s NOT a plea, it’s a demand. Besides that, it destroys the in vino veritas effect that Yolkin was reaching for. Onishchenko wasn’t being tentative, he was being a Dutch Uncle, and he was urging the Georgians to “get down”. Talking Over Wine is poor… Vinous Negotiations conveys more of Yolkin’s intent, which is that Onishchenko has had a few, and he’s coming out with what he truly feels. It’s obvious that a non-native-speaker translated this…



On Monday, Dr Gennady Onishchenko, the head of Rospotrebnadzor and Russia’s head physician, privately met with the members of a Georgian delegation that travelled to Moscow for talks. In his view, if the Georgian government were willing to participate in the negotiations over wines and mineral water, it’d point up Georgia’s seriousness of intent. Russia, the main importer of Georgia’s produce up to 2008, closed its borders to Georgian wines over the producers’ alleged failure to meet food safety standards, in particular with regard to wine containing pesticides and heavy metals.

21 January 2012

Sergei Yolkin





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