Voices from Russia

Saturday, 2 November 2013

2 November 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. To Be or Not to Be?

00 Sergei Yolkin. To Be or Not to Be. 2013

To Be or Not to Be?

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Of course, it’s a riff on Shakespeare! The Bard of the Avon is as popular in Russia as he is in the Anglosphere (perhaps, even more so)… in Russian translation, natch. Everyone knows Dr Onishchenko for his blunt opinions and decidedly undiplomatic “bedside manner”. He’s not a “soft soap” peddler or glad-hander, that’s for sure…

In the fridge, on the left side are cheese and milk. On the right, on the top shelf there’s a tin of Baltic sprats, a fave Russian munchie. On the bottom, it’s a sprig of dill, the most popular Russian herb used in seasoning. It seems like you sprinkle a little bit of it over every savoury dish. The cheese is in reference to a ban on Belarusian dairy products in 2009, the milk is there because Onishchenko banned Lithuanian milk in 2013, the dill is there because he banned food imports from Georgia and Moldova in 2006, Finally, the sprats are in the icebox beause he banned certain food imports from Latvia.

By the way, this cartoon was published on 22 October… on 24 October, PM Medvedev gave Dr Onishchenko the sack in his present post (he stepped on one set of toes too many). However, Medvedev made him a personal aide, and hinted that he might become the chief doctor of Russia. If so, he’s a good fit… he’s rumoured to have told one pol, “You can listen to me, and live, or, you can do what you want, and die. It’s all up to you”. Ya gotta love somebody like that…

BMD

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The news that Gennady Onishchenko was leaving the post of head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) caught everyone by surprise. However, it soon became clear that he wasn’t resigning his post. Sergei Elkin reacted to this ambiguous situation.

22 October 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131022/971895728.html

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

29 August 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Mobile Psychotherapy

Mobile Psychotherapy

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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This is another example of Yolkin’s love of punning. The psychotherapy is “mobile” because it happens in the classroom, and because it uses a “mobile” (“cell-phone” in the American dialect).

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The head of Rospotrebnadzor, Dr Gennady Onishchenko, said that if we allow students in the first year of primary school to use a mobile phone, they’d be able to adapt more quickly to school life and avoid much of the stress of the first day in class, as the children would have the opportunity during difficult times to ring up their parents.

28 August 2012

Sergei Yolkin

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120828/732270295.html

Saturday, 30 June 2012

30 June 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Doctor Prescribed a Siesta

The Doctor Prescribed a Siesta

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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The Chief of Rospotrebnadzor (RF State Public Health Service), Dr Gennady Onishchenko, believes that employers should to give their staff the opportunity to rest a little longer during the lunch break on hot days. On Wednesday, he said, “I didn’t use the word ‘siesta’… for me; it’s a four-letter word. Rather, I suggested an extension of the mid-day break. Due to the heat, we should limit strenuous activity to earlier and later in the day, and longer breaks are essential during peak temperatures with the highest sun exposure”. European Russia is already in the third week of a heat wave. To avoid health problems, doctors advised Russians to wear light clothing, drink more, not to abuse bathing, only use air conditioning in offices and cars moderately, and always wear a hat to protect themselves from the sun and heat stroke.

14 July 2010

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://rian.ru/caricature/20100714/254652268.html

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