Henchman on the Sofa ‒ Vyacheslav Menzhinsky: Poet and Hangman

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Bolsheviks and poetry are not the most likely combination. Lenin even quit playing the piano because he felt it distracted him too much from the revolutionary cause. When exiled in Siberia in 1897, it seems a poetic mood befell him nevertheless. He started with “In the village of Shushensk, beneath … Continue reading

Cats and Greedy Bastards

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So, if there’s anything to be said about the last cat I discussed, it’s that, according to this stage show, prostitution is BAD. And so is wandering away to seek your own fortune apparently. When talking about vices in this context, we could say that pride is something to be … Continue reading

Life in a German Crack Regiment. Part Two

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So, last week we left our story when poor Hildegarde was crying bitter tears in her room. Today we are going to learn what fate had in store for Hildegarde and her lover lieutenant Winkler. But first I would like to explain what a crack regiment is. At first glance … Continue reading