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Sunday, 12 January 2014

12 January 2014. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Hare on the Moon

00 Sergei Yolkin. The Hare on the Moon. 2013

The Hare on the Moon

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Any Russian would immediately understand this cartoon and “laugh out loud” (to us, it’s a real LOL). The Wolf is one of the two protagonists in the famous multifilm series Ну, погоди! (Nu, Pogodi!: Well, Just You Wait!). The Wolf could never catch the Hare, his nemesis… just like the Coyote with the Roadrunner, no? By the way, the cartoonists modelled the Wolf after the famous Soviet actor Vladimir Vysotsky… another point that Russians would immediately catch. Vysotsky was a “bad boy”, who died young, but who was THE iconic figure of his generation… many Russian actors and pop musicians still draw inspiration from him today.

BMD   

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The Chinese lunar rover Yutu (Jade Hare) undocked from its lander after effecting a successful soft landing as part of the Chang’e 3 mission to the Moon, and deployed itself on the lunar surfaceSergei Yolkin has some fun with that.

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131216/984353299.html

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12 January 2014. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Internet was Here… But Now It’s Not

00 Sergei Yolkin. The Internet was Here... But Now It’s Not. 2013

The Internet was Here… But Now It’s Not

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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The internet, in its now-familiar global iteration, might disappear in 2014, replaced by dozens of individual national networks with limited access to foreign resources. Sergei Yolkin gives us a picture of that…

12 December 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131212/983698879.html

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12 January 2014. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Sympathy on Facebook

00 Sergei Yolkin. Sympathy on Facebook. 2013

Sympathy on Facebook

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is developing the “Sympathise”… an analogue of the “Like” for situations with which this attitude is incompatible… but it didn’t announce the exact date it plans to launch the feature. Sergei Yolkin has a thought or two on that…

10 December 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131210/983210082.html  

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Friday, 3 January 2014

3 January 2014. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 2-6 December 2013

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Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 2-6 December 2013

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Look carefully at the middle “panel”, and look at the central (and highest) dome of St Basil Cathedral. Yolkin makes it seem as though the building has a sardonic smile as the Vuitton pavilion stamps off the Square. Another Yolkin “visual pun”…

The “golden pistol” is in reference to a fight two RF Gosduma deputies had in an office, and a gun “fell out” of a deputy’s pocket or he brandished it. Now, everyone says that it was all a big misunderstanding. However, the Speaker did say that he wouldn’t tolerate fights, as they do in the Ukrainian Rada. Martin Van Buren (“the Little Magician”) would’ve been at home (American congressmen of his day carried canes, swords, daggers, and pistols into the chamber, besides chewing tobacco and spitting into spittoons in the midst of debate)…

BMD

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Sergei Yolkin looks at the Ukrainians on the Maidan, the taking down of the Louis Vuitton pavilion on Red Square, and how a golden pistol dropped from a deputy’s pocket during a fight.

6 December 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131206/982531999.html

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