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The Russianest Russian Song Lines I Know

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Eugene Volokh | 9.23.2021 1:03 PM

I was recently listening again to Yuri Shevchuk's song about the wreck of the submarine "Kursk," and was struck again by several lines. Loosely translated, the opening line of the song is, "Who of death will tell us a couple honest words?" ("Кто о смерти скажет нам пару честных слов?") And the last stanza starts with:

About the things that happened, there'll be many lies.
Will the inquest tell us how hard it is to die?

[После о случившемся долго будут врать
Расскажет ли комиссия, как трудно умирать?]

For more, here's the backstory, which I mentioned in a post about the song last year (Chicago Tribune [Colin McMahon]):

Dmitry Kolesnikov's body was the first to be positively identified from the wreck on the........

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