Voices from Russia

Sunday, 2 October 2016

2 October 2016. Animal Funnies… The Inspectors Gather




Saturday, 6 February 2016

6 February 2016. Translated Russian Demot… I Took My Wife Fishing…

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Monday, 15 June 2015

15 June 2015. Animal Funnies… A Day Out Fishing

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A day out fishing… and what better “quality control inspector” is there but one’s tomcat? How do I know that it’s a tomcat? He’s wearing a telnyashka*, the sign of Russian masculinity par excellence. QED…

  • telnyashka: striped undershirt originally worn by Russian Navy sailors… later on, it passed into general military use, with different coloured stripes for different branches of service… in Russian pop culture, it’s a macho symbol to beat the band.


Thursday, 29 July 2010

29 July 2010. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Jellyfish Popped Up

Jellyfish Popped Up

Sergei Yolkin



The prolonged period of hot weather in the Primorye led to a large incursion of huge rhopilema jellyfish near the shores. “Rhopilema is a large jellyfish which can have a body of half a metre (@20 inches) in diameter. Its distinguishing features are a blue-coloured body and bright red tentacles. Rhopilema are mostly found in the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, and the Yellow Sea. Scientists recorded its appearance in Ussuri Bay and Amur Bay every year since 1999”, Sergei Maslennikov, a senior scientist of the Sea Biology Institute of the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said. He said that jellyfish began appearing off Primorye’s shores at the end of the twentieth century, after warm currents in the Sea of Japan changed direction. The current brought the jellyfish towards the shore. Fishermen didn’t overlook this gift of nature; they began to catch the jellyfish to sell to China and Japan, where rhopilema is considered a delicacy.

28 July 2010

Sergei Yolkin



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