You may have noticed the addition of a new quote to my sidebar a couple of months ago: Мы русские—какой восторг! [We are Russians—what a delight!] It’s a quote from General Alexander Suvorov, a general of the Russian Empire who apparently never lost a battle. (I just learned that fact while researching for this post.) Anyway, he was pretty amazing—remember, I love all things related to Imperial Russia—and I was so delighted by that quote, I couldn’t resist putting it on my blog. After all, I’m practically Russian, remember?
There’s a Russian website called Sputnik & Pogrom (I promise this relates to the prior paragraph, even though it seems like it doesn’t). The site has been criticized in both Russian and Western media for being too nationalistic. I’ll leave the discussion of Sputnik & Pogrom’s political views for another post, because it is rather fascinating and worth examining, but for now I want to focus on the site owners’ incredible graphic design skills. Seriously, regardless of your politics, regardless of your contempt (or admiration) for pro-Russian articles, one cannot deny that these people really know what they’re doing in Photoshop. I wish I were half as good as they are.
Which leads to my point: I saw this fabulous photo in a tweet from Sputnik & Pogrom and couldn’t resist sharing it. Behold, my friends, a different interpretation of the Suvorov quote I talked about at the beginning of this post.
That’s Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, the pro-Russian rebel commander in Ukraine, gracing that photo. (I’ll write a post about him, too, because I have lots of thoughts and opinions concerning the man. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, but I don’t quite share the mainstream media’s opinion about him.) The words at the top left are the Suvorov quote. I think it’s a very well-done graphic and I absolutely adore it. If you’re that good at Photoshop, I will seriously consider hiring you to do book covers for me someday, so do let me know.