Voices from Russia

Thursday, 6 April 2017

6 April 2017. Today is the World Day of Animation… Greetings from the Evil Empire!


Some of the most iconic Sov-era multifilm characters are in the above image. In the centre, of course, is Kot Leopold (Leopold the Cat)… there’s also the Wolf and the Hare from Nu Pogodi (Just You Wait)… Krokodil Gena (Gena the Crocodile) and Cheburashka… the Bremen Town Musicians… just to name a few. The standard of Soviet animation was very high… perhaps, better on average than that found in the USA. There was no profit motive involved, therefore, the artistic standards came first, not commercial greed…

Now, what was Potapov saying about the evil empire? It looks like he misidentified it… yes… its capital is on the banks of the Potomac…



Wednesday, 27 February 2013

27 February 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Where’s the Beef?

00 Sergei Yolkin. Where’s the Beef. 2013

Where’s the Beef?

Sergei Yolkin



The RIA translator deserves to be taken out at dawn and shot by Wally the Mexican and his band of grinning banditos. They used the used “Horse Meat Scandal” as an equivalent of “Не говядиной единой” (Nye govyadinoi yedinoi: (idiomatic) No beef at all)… that’s criminal. Besides that, they use godawful typefaces that don’t match those used in the Cyrillic (you can’t get it exactly, but you can get it closer than this jabronie does). Idiomatically, “Where’s the Beef?” is simply turning “No Beef at All” into a question, into a form familiar to most English-speaking readers. Furthermore, they should’ve known that the farmer would use the past tense rather than the present tense in speaking of where something came from. What a maroon! They deserve to be tag-teamed by Taz and Gena… yeah, they’re multifilm characters, but that’d be a sight to see, no?

As per usual, Yolkin is a goldmine for suitably dirty-minded ribald sorts (don’t get on your “high horse”… you’re right down here on Sin Alley with me)…



More and more manufacturers of meat products in the EU are involved in a scandal that occurred because horsemeat was found in their products. Sergei Yolkin couldn’t help but comment…

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20 February 2013

Sergei Yolkin




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