In the new episode of the project "The Last Line" Chulpan Khamatova again recites the verse of Alya Khaitlina. In today's poem, she reflects on responsibility, guilt and humility. Already in the first stanza she asks a rhetorical question that many of us have asked and continue to ask ourselves: "Whose fault is it all?" Read us here - https://spektr.press You can also find us on: Telegram - https://t.me/SpektrURGENT Twitter - https://twitter.com/spektronline Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/spektr.press VK - https://vk.com/spektr.press Chulpan Khamatova's social media pages: https://instagram.com/chulpanofficial https://www.facebook.com/aboutchulpan Alya Khaitlina's social pages: https://www.facebook.com/alya.khaitlina/ https://t.me/alja_hajtlina The text: Until nightfall, until nausea, you think, what should be done? Bags under your eyes, a mouse in a noose in your fridge. Whose fault is it all? It’s probably yours. Someone has to take the rap [responsibility] already, right? You loved the wrong folk. You sought the wrong ways. At a party you wrinkled your nose and didn’t finish dessert. Something like this was bound to happen, Throwing us back a thousand years. Let them take me away, let them say it's her, Let them send me to prison, spit on me and sling mud. But just let this terrible war stop, Let it live on only in books — in Cyrillic, in Braille, in frilly fonts. Let them send me to the back of beyond. To where hell freezes over, to where nothing ever gets off the ground. Just let the belligerents stop shooting right now, Let them all drop off the radar, fizzle out, dissolve. I’ll be doing time in prison, I’ll be sweeping floors, And at night, to get to sleep, I’ll look at the flock Of living, lively children who were saved. Let them hate me if they will. But let them grow up. Source: "'Responsibility.' Chulpan Khamatova, Alya Khaitlina. Last Line Project," Spektr Press (YouTube), 27 January 2023. Translated by the Russian Reader. Ms. Khamatova lives in Riga. Ms. Khaitlina, according to her Facebook page, lives in Munich.
Petersburg law enforcement officers interrupted a solo picket of activist Alevtina Vasilyeva, who took up position facing Gostiny Dvor holding a placard featuring a popular pacifist slogan. This was reported by the human rights project OVD Info, which cited her spouse.
The police took Vasilyeva to the 28th police precinct [a few blocks from my house, which I haven’t seen for four years now].
Apparently, the picketer faces a fine for “discrediting the army” (per Article 20.3.3 of the Administrative Offenses Code). The maximum possible [fine for this offense] is 50 thousand rubles.
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m. Vasilyeva was released from the precinct after being cited for “discrediting the army.”
Source: “Female picketer with pacifist placard detained at Gostiny Dvor,” Zaks.ru, 28 January 2023. Translated by An Otherwise Currently Unemployed Translator Who Could Really Use Your Moral and Financial Support Instead of Your Stony Silence