Crimean Bridge Gives Psychological Boost – Part III

Dear Readers:

As promised, because people need to do what they say they will do, this episode starts my translation of Viktor Petrovsky’s off-the-cuff  impressions of the Crimean Bridge.  Here is the youtube video itself, which caused so much interest (and furor, on the Ukrainian side) in the blogosphere:

Some background:  Viktor is a Ukrainian citizen.  He is young, bright, modern, good-looking, well-off, cosmopolitan; and his travel blogs have enjoyed some popularity on the internet.  Recently, with his series of 3 videos about the Crimean Bridge called  “Viktor against Vityanych”, Viktor received a dose of extra publicity when the Ukrainian government threatened to punish him for his unauthorized road trip.  After that, his views and clicks spiked and other media started picking up his story and writing about him.

Commenters to Viktor’s youtube channel congratulate him on his achievement, wish him well; and advise him to keep his hands on the wheel while driving.  Except for a handful of “pro-Ukrainian” commenters, all of whose comments are negative and threatening (“They will impale you on a bottle”), most of the comments are positive; many even express a state of euphoria which is the topic of my series anyhow, namely, the psychological effects of the Bridge.

Taman on the Black Sea: Viktor’s destination

Viktor and his companions are overjoyed to be among the first “Ukrainians” who set foot (well, actually automobile) on this bridge.  In between Series 2 and 3, while fresh off his crossing, Viktor shared his impressions in this 6-minute clip, and that is what I am translating, not the entire series, alas, which would simply take too much time.

Viktor’s Excellent Adventure took him first from Spain to Moscow, from whence he flew to Simferopol, Crimea.  And thence onto THE BRIDGE, and heading in an easterly direction across the water, and ending up in the Russian port of Taman.

Viktor’s fellow blogger Alyonka Bardovskaya is riding in the car in front of him; her CB call-sign is “Little Squirrel”, and she may well be the first pioneering Ukrainian citizen who actually crossed the bridge.  Squirrel is the Ukrainian Stanley Livingston of the bridge, so to speak.  Viktor, in the following car, along with two girls, Anya and Angelina, goes by the call sign “Kaban”, which is Russian for “Wild Boar”.  It would have been even funnier if his call-sign had been “Moose” (’cause then, see, we would’ve had a Moose and Squirrel…)  Be that as it may, Also Sprach The Boar:

Greetings, Friends,

My name is Viktor Petrovsky. This is a free video for you, why did I make it? Because I just crossed the Crimean Bridge among the first convoy of cars, and I want to share my impressions with you. I was in a group of around 10-12 cars filled with ordinary people. Well, see, yesterday, Putin and his inner circle drove across the bridge in Kamaz trucks. But this is the real, official opening of the Kerchensky Bridge; and so I, and Anya and Angelina [pointing to the back seat] and Alyonka Bardovskaya  just ahead of us with her family [pointing forward to another car] were among the first to cross the bridge. Let me tell you about my impressions. Well, first of all, for those who don’t know me, I am a resident of the Ukraine, I am from Nikolaev, I am not from the Crimea, you know they [Crimeans] get two passports, a Ukrainian one and a Russian one. But I myself only have a Ukrainian passport.

1:00 minute – That’s why I was a little bit nervous, if we went with the very first group, if there would be lists and checkpoints, I thought to myself, “What if there were to be some conflict? Maybe they will question me, search my car, perhaps prevent me from crossing, seeing that I am a Ukrainian?” Dudes: There were absolutely no problems whatsoever. Nobody even verified my documents.

1:25 minutes – [Looks at the camera and takes his hands off the wheel] Look, dudes, any of you who are from the Ukraine and watching this:  There is something I need to tell you: The bridge is not a fake! The bridge is real! It is made of real asphalt. The road is of a very high quality. As you will see from my ensuing videos… [Reaches in the back and grabs his camera]. Right now I’m using a different camera to record my impressions, but see, I have this (other) camera of a very high quality, and I made these videos, if you haven’t seen them yet, then check out my new series. So far I have made two videos already.

2:00 minutes – Okay, now just my first impressions. Dudes: Bravo to them (молодцы)! Simply bravo! They did what they said they would do. I recently flew from Spain, from the Island of Tarifa, to Moscow… I flew from Moscow to Crimea, landed in the new terminal [at Simferopol], this brand new terminal was built in under a year, I believe. [Asking his companions]: How long did it take them? A year, no?

2:23 minutes – [Girl’s voice from the back seat]: “Perhaps a little more…” [Viktor]: A little more than a year. These are brand new airport terminals, gigantic, beautiful, truly of world class quality. So I know what I am talking about. I literally flew from airports such as Ibiza [Spain], from the Barcelona airport, on my way to Moscow…

2:41 minutes – [Vic is interrupted when his CB radio crackles, he reaches for it.] And …. uh …. from there (Moscow) I flew to Crimea. Nobody, even a world traveler, needs to be ashamed even one drop for that airport [in Simferopol]. And I am convinced that this airport would [impress] any citizen of any country. Excuse me one second, I just have to answer this…

2:56 minutes – [speaks into the radio]: Squirrel, Squirrel, this is Kaban.  I am recording a video right now, don’t interrupt…. [grins at the camera] – Those are our call signs, I am Kaban, and she is Squirrel. [Grins and points to the family in the car in front.] Okay, what can I still tell you about the bridge? It spans from beginning to end. Like I said, it’s real, it exists, bravo!  They [the Russians] did what they said they would do.

[to be continued]

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10 Responses to Crimean Bridge Gives Psychological Boost – Part III

  1. Mark Chapman says:

    I have to wonder, then – as others doubtless do – what kind of security is in place to guard against those who would sabotage it. Viktor says nobody even checked his documents, that it was just a great free ride from beginning to end. Considering how easy it is for Ukrainians to infiltrate Crimea and in fact Russia proper, I should think quite a few people would receive that information with exultation, not all of them with Russia’s interests at heart.


    • yalensis says:

      Yeah. Being of a paranoid bent of mind, myself, I wondered the same thing….
      What is to prevent, say, a car bomb…


      • Jen says:

        If the bridge is an impetus for Ukrainians to try leaving Ukraine through Crimea and over the Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian authorities may try to close all border access points if they haven’t already.


        • yalensis says:

          I think the Ukrainians have already shut down the Crimean border almost completely from their side. In Viktor’s case he flew from Spain to Moscow, and from Moscow to Crimea (Simferopol) all on a Ukrainian passport. From Simferopol he drove to the bridge access point and then east back into the Russian mainland.

          From Viktor’s POV, he was worried that he would not be allowed to cross the bridge on a Ukrainian passport (not for border reasons, he was able to fly into Moscow without an issue), but for heightened security reasons.
          From what I understand, his flight from Moscow to Simferopol is what technically put him in violation of Banderite law. The Ukrainian Border officials are already saying they will fine him, as there is a fine on the books for entering Crimea from the Russian side. Like I said before, the monetary fine should be the least of his worries when he gets back to Nikolaev. There are already threats against his life on the part of the Banderite militias, because of his upbeat review of the bridge.


          • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

            I suspect this bridge will demoralise the Maidanauts more than all their battlefield losses of 2014-2015 put together.


            • yalensis says:

              I suspect you are correct about that. Which is the other side of the “psychological” coin.

              My post is about the positive psychological impact of the bridge on some.
              But there are others who will be depressed and traumatized by its august presence.
              And I’m not talking about dolphins and seagulls here.

              As my boss likes to say, one must always take into account the “separate realities” of those who do not share our opinions and preferences.
              Hence I duly lob a “boo hoo crybaby” in the general direction of the Banderites, their Useful Idiots, and the other nay-sayers, see, I took their opinions and preferences into account!

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              • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

                The seagulls will love it though – all that concrete to shit on!

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              • yalensis says:

                Yup! From what I have been reading, Wildlife Reviews of the bridge are mostly positive, hence the Westies need to stop playing the “ecology” card. and shedding crocodile tears over the environment.
                Underwater critters are already treating the pylons as new reefs to glue themselves to.
                The Black Sea dolphins are happy as clams, they love all the commotion, increased human presence and a bigger audience to show off their acrobatic skills.
                Whilst the seagulls, as you mentioned, are delighted at this new sparking clean bathroom to do their business on!
                Birds, in general, I reckon, will start treat the bridge as a rest stop on their longer flights.

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              • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

                Speaking of dolphins, did the grauniad actually expect their audience to take that patriotic dolphin story seriously?

                Liked by 1 person

              • yalensis says:

                The Grauniad expects their loyal readers to be unthinking idiots, clearly, and to take whatever side in any dispute, that they are told to take.

                From what I read, the Ukrainian Naval Dolphin Corps in Sebastopol only consisted of a few animals, and as the animals aged, the corps was not refreshed with new Cetacean cadres. Due to financial constraints.

                By the time the Russians took over, the dolphins were in very poor shape, badly neglected (dolphin trainers don’t come cheap), some of the animals had died, and others had been kidnapped by the Ukrainians and sold to zoos and aquariums.

                In essence, the Ukrainian Dolphin Corps is no more.

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