Voices from Russia

Friday, 23 May 2014

23 May 2014. Video. Join the Donbass People’s Army! For Holy Rus!

00 Bandera scum out! 10.05.14

Get Out! Banderovtsy Filth!



If you support the patriot side in the present Ukrainian Civil War (for such is what it is), you’ll NEVER EVER use the Galician hillbilly pidgin names for places or people, nor will you use the illiterate Uniate transliteration of Cyrillic (for instance, it’s “Timoshenko”, NOT “Tymoshenko”). If you support the PEOPLE, and not the moneybags oligarchs, you’ll always use “the Ukraine”… in English, it always takes an article (just as “the Netherlands” does), you’ll never use “Ukraine”, for that’s the usage pushed by the Uniate fascists. Take a care, these are nasty times…


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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



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.



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




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