Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

27 August 2014. Video with English Subtitles. Opolchenietsy (Figuratively) MOON Poroshenko and the Uniate Fascist Gang

We're Going to Kiev! 26.08.14

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It’s only 90 seconds! Give it a look… this is the opolchenie… the same sort o’ guys marched with Minin and Pozharsky. They whipped the plug-uglies then, they’ll do it again!

BMD

Sunday, 13 January 2013

13 January 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Vigilantes Against Smoking

00 Sergei Yolkin. Vigilantes Against Smoking. 2013

Vigilantes Against Smoking

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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In Russian, Народное ополчение (Narodnoe Opolcheniye: People’s Militia or Muster) brings up visions of Minin and Pozharsky during the Smuta, of the First Patriotic War against Napoleon, and the desperate defence of Moscow, Leningrad, and Sevastopol in the VOV. This caricature also has overtones of the Sov era Добровольная Народная Дружина/ДНД (Dobrovolnaya Narodnaya Druzhina/DND: Volunteer People’s Posse) and of Soviet anti-drunkenness posters. To use the word ополчение as he did, Yolkin’s taking a sly dig at the current anti-smoking campaign. He’s hinting that it’s overblown and more than a little self-serving. Again, a Russian would be au fait about many of these things, and would grasp Yolkin’s point immediately, but a Westerner needs a heads-up on it all to see the thrust of the jab.

I chose “vigilante” as the rendering of ополчение because “militia” would be too formal… and the picture makes it clear that Yolkin finds the whole thing too ludicrous for words. It’d also give it a military colouring that Yolkin’s not trying to convey.

BMD

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On Friday, the newspaper Izvestiya reported that RF Gosduma deputies proposed a ban on smoking rooms in buildings, smoking onscreen in TV and movies, and for the new anti-smoking law to enter into effect immediately, not in phases, on 1 January 2014.

11 January 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130111/917724306.html

 

Monday, 19 November 2012

19 November 2012. A Point to Ponder. THIS is Why Russia Remembers…

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A braying jackass on the Washington Post bloviated recently that Russian patriotism seemed based (to him) only on Victory Day. There’s much more to it, of course. Every year, bodies are found on the old battlefields… it brings the reality of the war home to a new generation. Russian patriotism has many roots, in fact. There’s the Baptism of Rus in the Dnepr… the Battle on the IceMinin and PozharskyGreat October… the Great Victory… Gagarin’s journey into space… indeed, it’s much more “rooted” than its American analogue.

Russia remembers… America refuses to… I think that I see a difference there. On the one hand you have a Rod Dreher and a Freddie M-G… on the other, you have a Valentin Rasputin and Ilya Glazunov… there’s no comparison, is there? Russia remembers… so should we…

BMD

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