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Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Sunday Photos

A Russian "protester" outside the Estonian Embassy in Moscow,
where "protesters" attacked diplomatic personnel and
burned the flags of other nations over another country's right to
relcoatea statue in its own capital. The Embassy was closed,
and Russia took another crazed, barbaric step down the same
path folllowed by the USSR. And where is that country today?
It is no more.

Darkness at Noon has posted a number of photos with commentary regarding his first-hand obersvations of the May Day demonstrations in Moscow. Here a few highlights, click through the links to see the rest.

Zhirinovsky ice cream. Yum, yum. Mabe this one is the special Gestapo Licorice flavor?

DAN notes: "A rally held by the "Patriots of Russia" Party, a minor left-wing party formed when its leader, Gennady Semigin split from the Communist Party. Though they may have been born out of the communists, the Patriots of Russia have an eye on the younger generation, having a rock band perform patriotic-themed songs at the rally. While all age groups were represented, it was a younger crowd than the Communists down the street, and even the babushkas present were tapping their toes to the music."

Rapping for Zhirinovsky. DAN says: "Like the Patriots, LDPR is targeting a younger crowd, resulting in the appearance of a guy rapping about how great Russians are, using the word for ethnic Russians (русский), not the word for citizens of the Russian Federation (российский). Not a big surprise, as the LDPR is on the ultranationalist end of the spectrum. Not impressed with his rapping skills or his message, I ditched the rapper and worked my way back to the street where I got some photos of Zhirinovsky leaving."

DAN: "He sped off down the street in his classic Soviet-era ZIL limousine. It has to be some sort of political statement, as his retinue followed in a much nicer modern (western-made) limo." DAN continues:
Then I headed across Tverskaya Ulitsa where there was a very small rally held by the Eurasia Youth Union, the youth wing of the minor Eurasia Party.

Their rally was focused on protesting the recent move by the Estonian government to remove the Soviet-era WWII memorial ("The Bronze Soldier") from central Tallinn, relocating it to a cemetery on the outskirts of the city. The move has infuriated Russians living in Estonia and produced an outcry from Russia as well. The upper house of the Russian parliament recently passed a nonbinding measure calling for the suspension of diplomatic relations with Estonia in response. Even worse has been the street protests, violence, and looting in Tallinn as a result.

Their speeches were heavily nationalistic, calling for action against the Estonian government and the Estonian embassy. And somehow the Americans are responsible for this, though I couldn't quite follow their line of reasoning. In any case, there were quite a few unsavory looking characters among their numbers, many with face masks on like this guy:

DAN: "I'm not quite sure how to best translate their banners, as I may be missing some colloquial meaning. However, the one on the left says something like, "The Russians Go," and the one on the right - "Dead, Arise!." If any readers want to suggest better translations, please do so!"

DAN: Also not sure what to do with this one, which says Танкин на таллинн. It's close to (but not quite) the word for "tank," in which case it would be something like "Tanks to Tallinn." But I may be way off on this one, as танкин doesn't appear in my dictionary. Almost as disturbing is the small child in front of the sign holding a flag.

The second best line of the day was a chant that the guy with the microphone started: "Glory to the Imperial Behemoth!" The funny thing is that in Russian the word "behemoth" (бегемот) is also the word for "hippopotamus." So it sounded like "Glory to the Imperial Hippo!"


Aleks said...

DAN: "I'm not quite sure how to best translate their banners, as I may be missing some colloquial meaning. However, the one on the left says something like, "The Russians Go," and the one on the right - "Dead, Arise!." If any readers want to suggest better translations, please do so!"


Actually a better translation would be "The Russians are coming! The dead (man), arise!"

Obviously, they've not seen the wonderful Cold War film: "The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!"

Танкин sounds like a last name of some person.

Penny said...

Russia is such a damn disaster it take your breath away.

Putin and all of his consequences seems missed on these sheeple as they re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

With every public protest, in numbers too pathetic to matter, Russia's slide back to Stalin isn't a life or death matter with these people.

I'll kept on vilifying Russians as ignorant sheeple until I'm disproven by events to the contrary.

Anonymous said...

This is Hector,

I find the anti-Russian bigotry here very amusing, particularly Penny. Russians at least don't end up fighting wars with fanatics they put in power abroad, unlike the western imperialists. In Estonia the situation is just another example of instability brought by the fall of the USSR. Therefore, those who supported the Soviet collapse have no right to complain about Putin, or anything else. You wanted a post-Soviet world....You got one! Enjoy it.


Anonymous said...

This is elmer.

The lack of logic in the above post is amazing.

The Soviet world was stable? Well, if you think dictatorships, with KGB all over the place is stable, then yes.

But there was also massive alcoholism, fostered by the Soviets, and a HUGE underground economy - "we pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us."

So now, when Russia is acting like a spoiled bully-brat, noone has any right to complain?

I'd say Estonia has every right to complain.

There is no logic whatsoever in the comments that Hector posted.

Anonymous said...

This is Hector,

Elmer, there is a lack of common sense in your post. I never said the Soviet Union was stable. On the contrary it was ruled by an unstable bureaucratic caste, whose program was peaceful co-existence with imperialism not class struggle. As far as the alchoholism, if you think it was bad under the Soviet era, you should see it now. The logic is very simple; those who supported the fall of the USSR and Boris Yeltsin have no right to complain about the Russian government. Once wanted a post Soviet world (i.e the Yeltsinite-Putinite world) got one. Russia acting like a spoiled bully brat? What imperialist power doesn't act like this?