November 01, 2015

Temporary Rules

Temporary Rules
An 1863 cartoon from the journal Iskra, lampooning censorship –the beautiful text enters the censor’s chamber only to come out thrashed and hobbled.

Here every article is put through
A doubly lethal ritual;
Like Orthodox, they’re blessed with crosses,
And like the Jews, they’re circumcised.

Здесь над статьями совершают
Вдвойне убийственный обряд;
Как православных – их крестят,
И как евреев – обрезают.

This epigram by Dmitry Minayev was written in 1873, eight years after enactment of the Temporary Rules that for the first (but not last) time supposedly abolished censorship in Russia.

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