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‘It z penḟli clir t s ɖt ɖs wor z abṣlutli pôntlis.’ Ruśnz pṛtst in Mosco agnst ɖ wor in Ycren. Foṭgraf: Comersant Foto Ejnsi/REX/Śuṭstoc

Ɖ solis fr yuñ Ruśnz lîc m z ɖt Pūćin z olso digñ hiz ǒn grev in Ycren

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 1 March 2022)

Ẃn sañśnz bît n hard tîmz hit ɖ cuntri, ppl wl lūz ɖer fir. Ɖen Pūćin wl b finiśt

Srge Faldin, Tyzde 1 Marć 2022

Ɖ  rīzn y d’nt si a reṿluśn haṗnñ in Mosco z nt ɖt ppl d’nt cer abt ẃt’s haṗnñ in Ycren. On ɖ contrri, mî sośl-mīdia fīd z fild wɖ posts fṛm Ruśnz opozñ ɖ wor. “Ẃt hapnd?” ɖe se. “Hǎ dd w gt t ɖs? Ɖs z madnis!”

Ppl r seyñ ɖe fīl gilti abt biyñ Ruśn. Ppl r brnñ ɖer pasports on camra. “Hel,” I postd: “I am Ruśn, bt Pūćin z nt mî prezidnt.”

Bt ɖr r far fywr ppl acć̣li ǎt pṛtstñ. Y hv t unḍstand ɖt ordnri ppl in Ruśa r scerd ǎt v ɖer mîndz. On ɖ frst de v ɖ conflict, olmst 1,000 pṛtstrz wr jeld acrs Ruśa fr wōcñ ǎtsd wɖ az litl az a pìs v pepr ɖt sd: “I d’nt wont wor.” Acordñ t ɖ indipndnt mīdia sors OVD-info, in ɖ frst for dez v ɖ wor mor ɖn 5,200 ppl wr arestd.

Mî frend spent tîm in jel fr wōcñ dǎn ɖ sem strīt az ɖ pṛtstrz. A pṛfesr v sośioḷji, Grigori Yūdin, wz arestd in ɖ sntr v Mosco n rportidli bìtn p in ɖ bac v an ǎtozac (p’līsbus).

Ɖr r nǎ mor p’līstīmz ɖn I cn cǎnt – wɖ ny nemz sć az Rosgvardia (Ruśa’z intrnl militri fors) – n ɖe r ruʈlis. Ɖz forsz wr crietd sevṛl yirz ago sṗsificli t wondr ɖ strīts v Mosco (n uɖr sitiz) n privnt enʈñ “sspiśs” fṛm haṗnñ.

It dz’nt matr ẃɖr y’r an 18-yir-old cid or a pregnnt midl-ejd wmn, ɖ’l bìt y p, pt y in a wagn n tec y in fr qsć̣nñ. Ẃn y hv a formr CGB ejnt in ćarj, y hv a cuntri ɖt fuñśnz az an inorṃs jel.

It z penḟli clir t s ɖt ɖs wor z abṣlutli pôntlis. Pūćin z yzñ fōls hisṭrilésnz, l’mntñ ɖ fōl v ɖ Sovịt Yńn, n mcñ clemz abt Nato advansñ its forsz simpli t jusṭfî hiz ǒn madnis. I b’liv ɖt ɖ tru ansr t ɖ qsćn ppl asc on sośl mīdia – “hǎ dd w gt t ɖs?” – z ɖt Pūćin z insen.

I d’nt nǒ ẃn or ẃ ɖs hapnd. Mbi it’s hiz ej. Mbi hiz îṣleśn jrñ ɖ pandemic cōzd him t qsćn hiz leġsi. I cd b’liv enʈñ nǎ.

Ẃn mî wîf, hu z Ycreńn, n I wouc p last Ʈrzde in ǎr Dbî hotelrūm, ǎr hol wrld hd trnd upsîd-dǎn. W trnd on Pūćin’z teḷvîzd adres abt ɖ militri oṗreśn. Twenti minits lêtr, w trnd it of. W wr scerd bî ɖ vegnis v hiz rport. Ẃt wz a “speśl militri oṗreśn”? Wz ɖs riyli a decḷreśn v ɖ ʈrd wrldwor? W wr dsgustd bî ɖ ʈiatricl pformns v a prezidnt w hd nvr ćozn. W wr īvn mor dsgustd bî ɖ ʈt ɖt most ppl in Ruśa wd b’liv him.

Ɖr’z a hyj dvîd v opińnz btwn ɖ “Ny Ruśnz” – mî jeṇreśn, ppl born in ɖ 1990z, hu nvr livd in Sovịt tîmz – n ɖ oldr jeṇreśn. Nt wn v mî frendz bac hom b’livz ɖt Pūćin wz’nt planñ ɖs wor fr sm tîm. Ɖ oldr Ruśnz r féd lîz bî TV n uɖr mīdia t cnvins ɖm ɖt ẃt Pūćin z dwñ z jusṭfaybl.

Ɖ big probḷm z ɖt ɖr z no chiṛnt îdioḷji in Ruśa. Ɖr z no śerd we v intrpṛtñ ɖ wrld. Instd, ɖ simplistic îdīa ɖt hz bcm prevḷnt z a stori v “s vs ɖm”. It’s xtrimli īzi t sel n it gts vots. Ɖt’s ɖ ajnda ɖt Pūćin hz bn pśñ fr ɖ past deced or so.

H sz ɖt Ycren z an eṇmi ɖt z historicli part v Ruśa bt sold itslf t Nato, or ɖt evrwn in ɖ wrld z ɖ YS’z pupit.

Ɖz îdīaz r so cntejs. Ẃn y trî t rīzn wɖ an aṿrij prsn in Ruśa, ɖe mt se smʈñ lîc: “Ɖ TV z rît n y’r roñ. Olso – y’re probbli an ejnt v ɖ CIA.” Mni ppl liv in evr-preznt fir n it’s īzịr fr ɖm t b’liv ẃt ɖ’r tld. Standñ ǎtsd ɖ crǎd cn cost y yr frīdm.

Nn v mî yungr Ruśn frendz arnd ɖ glob r s’prîzd. W’r so yst t fīlñ dis’pôntd n imbaṛst bî ǎr guvnmnt ɖt w bérli fīl śem eni mor. Lîc ćildṛn v abysiv peṛnts, aftr so mni yirz w fget ẃt’s norml n ẃt’s nt. W simpli sai, śec ǎr hedz, n se: “Wel, ẃt dd y xpct?” Ɖ “globl Ruśnz”, az w cōl ǎrslvz, loñ ago gev p on ɖ prospect v hvñ a cuntri n guvnmnt w’d b prǎd v.

I c’nt hlp bt b rmîndd v ɖ Sovịt wor wɖ Afgaṇstan: 15,000 Ruśn deʈs. Nîn yirz v combat. Mî muɖr tld m storiz v hr formr clasmets, ppl ś acć̣li ń, arîvñ bac in cofinz. It wz a toṭli pôntlis indevr ɖt cost Leonid Breźńev ɖ intîr icoṇmi n hlpt cntribyt t ɖ Sovịt Yńn’z c’laps.

Pūćin, hu z so cīn on hisṭri, z uņowñli digñ hiz ǒn grev. Wɖ Ruśa cut of fṛm Swift n fesñ sañśnz fṛm ɖ YY, ɖ YS, n ɖ YC, it’l tec onli a fy yirz bfr it runz intu xtrimli hard tîmz. N ẃn it dz, ppl wl nt b afreid eni mor. F hisṭri tīćz s enʈñ, it’s ɖt ppl – īvn wnz az stubn n peśnt az ɖ Ruśnz – wl nt toḷret a lac v fūd. Ẃn ɖ muni runz ǎt, so wl Pūćin’z cloc.

N w – ɖ ny jeṇreśn v Ruśnz – wl b wêtñ.

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Instroduction to Ñspel

01/03/2022

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