Voices from Russia

Sunday, 27 August 2017

27 August 2017. A A Karelin on How He Achieved Strength (and it Wasn’t Drugs)

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In March 1981, Novosibirsk coach V M Kuznetsov came to School Nr 19 and invited me to join his team. At the first lesson, Viktor Mikhailovich said:

If you want to succeed, don’t skip a workout; the main thing in sport isn’t the result, but the process of achieving it, to work on yourself.

A A Karelin

World Champion Greco-Roman Wrestler

Honoured Master of Sport

RF Gosduma Deputy

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A A Karelin is an amazing man. At birth, he weighed 5.5 kilos (!). He never used drugs, he simply worked out… with such a natural endowment, he didn’t need much! he International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) named him the greatest Greco-Roman rassler of the 20th century, and he was one of the ten inaugural inductees into the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003. He holds a Doktora Nauka in Pedagogical Sciences and a law degree, as well as sitting on the RF Gosduma International Affairs Committee. He responded to critics who accused him of using enhancement drugs by saying:

I train every day of my life as they’ve never trained a day in theirs.

How can you not respect such a man?

На многая лета, Александр Александрович!

BMD

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Monday, 17 July 2017

17 July 2017. An Observation on Working-Class Football Culture in Europe

“Ваше место тут” (“Your place is here”… idiomatically, “You belong here”)… the rowdy backers of FK Lokomotiv Moskva in the (in)famous South Stands at Lokomotiv Central Stadium

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You back a side because your dad does; all his mates do, as does the entire neighbourhood. You’ve seen the people going en masse to the matches! It’s neighbourhood and team pride all rolled up in one. If we’re talking REAL football… let’s not forget Fr Christos in Thessaloniki who shows up at all the matches. Some tight-arsed people complained… but the people put up a FB page Hands Off Our Father Christos! The bishop didn’t ban him from the pitch…

Some middle-class people look down their noses at this… but I’d remind them that people CHOOSE their pastimes and that backing this side or that one is a far less harmful occupation than some of the things indulged in by the scornful bourgeois. Indeed…

I do confide that their real problem with it is that it’s “common”…

BMD

Saturday, 4 June 2016

4 June 2016. “The Greatest” is Gone

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Sunday, 22 May 2016

22 May 2016. Russia SKUNKED the USA in World Cup Championship Hockey

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Of course, all the Beltway Commandos, HillyBillys, and Trump Chumps will all caterwaul and say that I just made it all up…

BMD

Update 1220 EDT:

My informant didn’t tell me that they sent me an interim score! 😦 However, the final score was 7:2, which means that Russia STOMPED the USA in the end. “All those who march on Russia will be put to death!” That was true in 1242; it’s true now. The Anglos had best watch their arrogant step…

BMD

 

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