Voices from Russia

Saturday, 2 February 2013

2 February 2013. I’m NEVER Ever Gonna Drink Like That Again!

00 Otter. I'm NEVER Gonna Drink Like That Again! 2013


Until the next time, that is…



2 February 2013. Only in Russia! A Real “Catsack”

00 Russia. Cossack Cat. 01.02.13


Who woulda thunk it? A real Catsack! Fievel… watch out!


2 February 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. So, You’re Really Going to Believe in an Animal!

00 Sergei Yolkin. So, You’re Really Going to Believe in an Animal! 2013

So, You’re Really Going to Believe in an Animal!

Sergei Yolkin



I guess that you can deduce Yolkin’s “take” on Groundhog Day… he doesn’t “believe”. I think that Punxsutawney Phil has to make a house-call in Moscow… oh, yes… the octopus tentacle is a reference to Paul the Octopus (a resident of the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen in Germany), who “chose” the winners in the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches. Fie on the RIA translator… they distorted Yolkin’s intent, yet again. There’s none of the disdain of the original Russian in their English rendering (changing it into an innocuous wistfulness). They’re namby-pamby… they fuck up Yolkin’s plays on words and make no attempt to carry over the “atmosphere” of the original into the translation. What a buncha maroons…



Today, people believe that some animals have supernatural abilities allowing them the ability to predict the weather or the outcome of a football match, because in an age of modern technology, there’s a lack of the miraculous, and there’s not enough connection with the natural world. Psychologists told RIA-Novosti ahead of Groundhog Day that people are inclined to believe in animal oracles such as Punxsutawney Phil and Paul the Octopus because they bring magic into everyday life.

1 February 2013

Sergei Yolkin




2 February 2013. There was a REASON for the Revolution…

00 This is Why There was a Revolution. Russia. Pralevke. 1891-2. 02.02.13


This snap of the village of Pralevka in Lukoyanovskoye County in Nizhny Novgorod Guberniya (in present-day Novoslobodsky Rural Council of Bolshoye Boldino Raion in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast) (taken in 1891-92) in the Volga region is by the famed photographer Maksim Dmitriev (1858-1948). Unlike the pioneering colour pictures of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky (which are a unique treasure), the photos of Dmitriev didn’t show a picture-postcard Russia. He took photos showing the actual conditions found in the countryside. If you wish a fully-rounded view of Tsarist Russia, you must take into account both Prokudin-Gorsky and Dmitriev. Otherwise, you end as a self-serving propagandist of either the left or the right (the latter bunch has taken over sections of the ROCOR and it issues bootless and ungrounded attacks on the Soviet period, without mentioning ANY of the blemishes of the tsarist era, or mentioning that many of their families were Nazi collaborators in the VOV). There were serious social problems, real weaknesses that the World War exacerbated. The tsarist state wasn’t “doomed to die”, but the actions of many of its supporters did hasten that end. That’s something to think about, isn’t it?


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