Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

12 August 2014. A Photo Essay… There be GOOD EATS in the Russian Army!

00 russian army cooks 01. 12.08.14

They’re cookin’ up goulash, borshch, and kasha… the soldiers say that the enemy could tell their positions by the yummy smell (it spreads for metres around).

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00 russian army cooks 02. 12.08.14

A KP-30 field kitchen cooks meals for 30 guys.

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00 russian army cooks 03. 12.08.14

“I’m not a chef! I’m a COOK!” thundered Senior Cook-Instructor Vitaly Razamazov. For 15 years, he’s fed the crew of the Guards cruiser Varyag. He made his famous pea soup, stewed meat with kasha, and compote.

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00 russian army cooks 04. 12.08.14

Submariners get special rations, which include red wine and caviar. All ships on extended deployment receive additional allotments of kolbasa and meat.

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00 russian army cooks 05. 12.08.14

It only took five minutes! The cook decorated this vinagret with rosettes of carrot and pickles.

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00 russian army cooks 06. 12.08.14

Now, that borshch with salo… that’s GOOD EATS!

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00 russian army cooks 07. 12.08.14

Russian rations have 4,000 calories per day, the largest in the world.

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00 russian army cooks 08. 12.08.14

The standard bill of fare includes over 200 items… it includes Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Georgian national foods.

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00 russian army cooks 09. 12.08.14

However, the staff of life is still bread… and army bakers can still bake it under field conditions.

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Of course, the troops bitch and moan about the food (all good soldiers do)… they call it “Belka and Strelka” (two Sov dogs shot into space… it’s a Russian way of saying Ken-L-Ration). Nonetheless, they chow it down, and most of it is objectively good (just like the US mess halls… they do put out high-quality stuff… just pop in on Thanksgiving and find out).

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Adapted from a piece in Komsomolskaya Pravda http://msk.kp.ru/daily/26266/3144635/

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

6 March 2012. A Photo Essay. Them’s “Good Eats” in the Russian Army… They’re NOT MREs

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What’s for dinner, Mum? “Borsch, solyanka, and pease pudding with meatballs, guys”…sure ain’t “beans n’ muthafuckers” or MREs (“A lie three ways… it ain’t a meal, it’s ain’t ready, and it ain’t edible”). These pictures are from the largest Russian Army mess hall in Leningrad Oblast. To hear the Western media talk, the Russian forces are falling to pieces and they’re unable to do anything correctly. The Westerner doesn’t know the Russian mentality. When a Russian’s pushed to the wall, he’s a tiger. In ordinary times, he doesn’t give a shit. That’s the way of it… always has been, always will be, until the last trump sounds… and that’s all that one can say of it. Russians are not one step from starvation… far from it. Aren’t you ashamed that you listened to Rush Limbaugh and that whole Fox News crew? Sit down, pull up a plate, and chow down… there’s always room for one more… a guest in the house is God in the house!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 6 March 2012

Albany NY

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