I became interested in politics in my college years, which coincided with mid-2000s. I’ve read a lot of the Western — mainly American — press, and the recurring topic of Vladimir Putin being a villain because of journalists being killed in Russia kept infuriating me for some reason. That topic still is there, for example, as David Kramer in the Washington Post puts it, “Since returning to the presidency in May 2012 after a four-year stint as prime minister, Putin has launched the worst crackdown on human rights in Russia in decades. Critics, journalists and opposition figures are regularly harassed and arrested — even killed“. Clearly, that’s how some Americans think.
If a punk band Tarakany doesn’t ring any bells here’s a good chance to get started. The band’s name translates as Cockroaches. I’ve heard a track of theirs on Nashe Radio (the only radio station in Russia dedicated entirely to the local rock music). That track is “The happiest man on the Earth“. Despite being simplistic and patronizing it is also cool and positive. Although it might sound offensive, it’s hard to argue with the major idea that a person should never be alone.
A rough translation of the lyrics follows: