All that you need to know about todays Russia and its poet Vysotsky:

On May 9, 2022, the District Court of the Kirovsky District of St. Petersburg found citizen Irina Kustova guilty under the article Public actions aimed at discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, Article 20.3.3, part 1), and imposed a fine on her in the amount of 50,000 rubles (742 USD at the official exchange rate of that day) for an offense committed by her on the same day.
On this day, the Russian Federation celebrates the state holiday of the Russian Federation, The Day of the Victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in 1945. Irina Kustova, being in her apartment with an open window, turned on a loud performance of Vladimir Vysotskys song Soldiers of the Center Group, dedicated to the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in 1945 (written by Vysotsky in 1965).
This well-known recording comes from a concert given by Vysotsky on May 6, 1967. It contains the following explanation by Vysotsky about the characters of the song, German soldiers: ... Well, thats how they went at the beginning of the war in the hope that everything would end like that.
The court recognized this phrase and the lyrics of the song as aimed at discrediting the use of the Russian Armed Forces in a special military operation in Ukraine. At the hearing, the defendant explained her actions by the fact that she was confused and therefore did not immediately turn off the playing of the recording, discrediting the dignity and honor of our soldiers. She fully admitted her guilt and repented of her deed.

Please note: The distribution of this message on the Internet falls under Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, Inciting recognition or enmity, which provides for imprisonment for a term of 2 to 5 years.

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For a number of years, the Wysotsky Group has been in correspondence with the translators of Vysotsky, many of whom have found in our person the address where they could turn for help in clarifying incomprehensible places in the texts of Vysotsky.

Over time, we realized that it was necessary to publish on the website the commentaries, designed to help the reader clarify for himself the historical and cultural context, understand what associations Vysotskys songs evoked from direct listeners from different social backgrounds and different levels of preparedness.

Thus, the Commentaries published here are a compilation of our answers to the questions of translators, and also contain excerpts from the works of famous researchers of the life and work of Vysotsky. As a result, Commentaries suffer from a certain stylistic (and subject) heterogeneity. But we do not see a big disadvantage in that: let every user find in them what he needs.

We tried not to forget to indicate the authorship of each published somewhere observation/comment. However, if you think that such an indication is missing somewhere - let us know about the mistake, we will immediately correct it. We also gratefully accept any relevant additions.

UPD: Since 2014, the Commentaries have been written and corrected by Zeev Dashevsky.

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...And once again we speak
each one in different tongues.

The materials presented on this site, were most found on the net starting from 1997. We could have provided the original links but there is no point in that: Some are far distant, some are dead...2 One of our main goals was to recover the lost information.

...Sooner or later each piece of literature finds a translation congenial to its origin. Let this site be helpful for upcoming ones.
We dont state the value of the translations; even the bad ones can have a magic line which will inspire someone to make the next attempt.

The most of the Vysotsky texts were taken from the Official V.S.Vysotsky Foundation site, and the Vysotsky audio recordings are linked to it (unless mentioned otherwise). All the records on our site are in RealAudio format and have reduced sound quality in order to avoid violation of an artist financial interests.

We also publish here a few articles discussing various pitfalls in translating Vysotskys poetry, and we hope they will be of use to translators.

We failed to reach some translators to get their permission for publication. Meanwhile we publish all of the found materials, yet we understand that nowadays even Pushkins name is associated with commerce - You cannot sell your inspiration, but manuscripts - they are for sale3.
In the worst case, if a copyright holder of any resource (text, image, sound, taste, or smell) objects against its placing here, well remove it.

Your new publications, corrections, and comments are highly welcome here!

1 V.Vysotsky. "She has been to Paris"
2 A.Pushkin. "Eugene Onegin" (tr. Ch.Johnston)
3 A.Pushkin. "The Conversation of a Bookseller with a Poet" (tr. V.Shapiro)


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