Today we have some scraps from the Ukraine! These pictures and the video are taken from a recent parliament meeting in which a new bill was passed. A small note of interest – the tall, angry looking fellow is
named Vitali Klitschko and he is not only a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Congress of the Council of Europe, but he is also the current World Boxing Council heavyweight champion.
For those of you who like quizzes, we have put together a little current events guessing game about everyone’s favorite people – police. According to media reports, there is no crime too silly or ridiculous for police involvement, so sit
back and try to guess which of these news headlines are real and which ones we made up to confuse you and completely destroy the reputation of our fine police force. Ready? Go! (Translations and answers after the jump.)
“How long should we tolerate those tasteless paintings they call ‘graffiti’? After asking this question myself twice I said - we shouldn’t any more!” So says Anastasia, the leader of SSAE - Samarian Street Art Elders. “We decided to show what real graffiti should look like so that our children could adapt good tastes from an early age”. And so be it - this small town near
Samara cCity, Russia began to change with the help of this SSAE team. They decided to give street art a “granny” twist. “We also put nice poetry on walls, it helps!” Now the walls of houses and lobbies as well as out door spaces such as playgrounds, are all covered by “Granny Graffiti” and it seems the old graffiti artists have run scared.
We’ve seen a lot of nice cars from Russia here already. It’s no secret there a lot of them: a British journalist once said that only in Moscow could he see several Lamborghinis or Ferraris stopped at one traffic light. So we wondered if this was a cultural thing. First we looked to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, another piece of the USSR that gained its independence not even twenty years ago. While the Ukraine has been less fortunate in terms
of natural resources, the stamp of Soviet heritage is strong and many Ukrainians even prefer Russian as their primary language. So we deduced this could mean only one thing—there should be tons of luxury cars there too. Thus, we set on a brief examination of the streets of Kiev and it looks like we were right: yet another country with an average salary under 25 grand but with cars costing over $200,000.
Because the majority of advertising materials in the USSR were of a political propagandizing nature, the many examples of simple commercial advertising are often overlooked. These ads for goods and services were pervasive, with many having been published during the New Economic Politics (NEP) period (1921-1928). Later on, various government enterprises produced their own advertisement campaigns. Word of mouth advertising campaigns were also spread less formally by private masters and "hack workers" while radio ads were fairly
common. While many of the ad slogans produced in this era were rather uniform, (All smoke the certain brand’s cigarettes, Ask for that everywhere, Eat, Drink, Keep, Fly…), there are some rather interesting if not entertaining quips such as, “Nowhere but in Mosselprom”, “You are not a USSR citizen if you aren’t a Dobrolet’s stockholder”, and the everlasting slogan of Mayakovsky: “Better pacifiers don’t exist that’s why I’ll suck them till I get old”.
Are some Russian people so into sports that they even can go to their own wedding dressed into brand new adidas sports suite? Yes and no! It is not hundred percent clear what was the reason for the groom to do this but there are strong grounds to
suspect that this was a specific Russian joke, based on the habit of many representatives of Russian street culture to wear Adidas sports as top cloths choice. Anyways, this Russian bride looks to be shy of this choice.