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Russian Corruption, in Black and White

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The photo above is one from a stunning series by photographer Misha Friedman titled “Photo51 — Is Corruption in Russia’s DNA?” and touted recently on the “Lens” blog operated by the New York Times. Click the image to see it full size.

In the image, a Russian man beats a woman in broad daylight in the streets of Moscow, as policemen look on with disinterest.  In Russia, one woman is murdered by her spouse every hour on the hour.

An exhibition of Friedman’s work will open on Feb. 15 and be on view through March 2 at 287 Spring in SoHo in New York City.

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32 responses to “Russian Corruption, in Black and White

  1. Auriga ⋅

    Don’t get me wrong, homicide rate in Russia is huge, yet lets look at dynamics:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Russia

    1999 – 31,100
    2000 – 31,200
    2001 – 33,600
    2002 – 32,285
    2003 – 31,630
    2004 – 31,553
    2005 – 30,849
    2006 – 27,462
    2007 – 22,227
    2008 – 20,056
    2009 – 17,681
    2010 – 13,100
    2011 – 11,500

    • larussophobe ⋅

      This isn’t about the homicide rate, it’s about the rate of violence against WOMEN. Also about CORRUPTION. Your comment is not relevant.

      Meanwhile, check out that bar graph in red at your link! Russia’s homicide rate is truly horrifying. Barbaric.

      • Auriga ⋅

        Well, murders is a worst case of corruption. I just have no good statistics about cases of beating, but assume that there should be correlation.
        Crime rate was huge in the worst years after USSR collapse. Now it is getting better quickly, we survived the transition.
        Will you survive yours, when USofA finally goes down?

        • Bohdan ⋅

          Auriga your ridiculous comment about your beloved Russia “I just have no good statistics about cases of beating, but assume that there should be correlation.” Leaves me with no choice but to assume that you fall into both the following categories

          1. You thought that you had farted into your pants, whereas
          in fact you had crapped, and
          2. It is better to let people think that you are an idiot, rather
          then open your mouth, and dispel this doubt

          Right comrade!

          • Auriga ⋅

            Neither you nor initial post have any proofs and/or statistics about beating. Merely a photo. I can find a lot of photos about murders and corruption in US, what would it prove?
            The only post with actual numbers related to the topic is mine. Everything else here is babble.

            • siber_troll ⋅

              by Auriga’s url homicide rate in russia grows from 1990 – 15000 to 2003 – about 31000. patologocal communist liar

              • Auriga ⋅

                All my numbers are correct. Indeed it grows 1990-2003, I never claimed the oposite. What I say is: homicide rate goes down in the last decade.
                By the way, it is now (2011) 11.5K < 16.6K (1990)

  2. Bohdan ⋅

    The Russian male ‘superman’ good at picking on the weaker sex. Besides only cowards beat women!

  3. siber_troll ⋅

    my neigbours, elderly couple, fully confirm this foto and article by their life.

  4. mingthemerciless ⋅

    They usually are both so drunk that he mostly hit the wall and break his knuckles and she cant feel a thing anyway, the beauty of alcoholism…when they are not on Krokodil…

  5. Thanks, Kim, for pointing out the level of depravity of modern “artists” like Misha Friedman, who in his quest fame and money, stood a couple of meters away from the beating of this little girl and chose to take his pictures instead of defending her.

    The absurdity of the situation is magnified by Misha’s own caption/commentary: “A young man beating a woman on a Moscow street, while the police and bystanders look on without intervening“. Indeed, there are three people in the background (one of them in police uniform) standing 10 to 20 times farther away from this incident than Misha, looking puzzled and probably asking themselves: “What is this photographer doing up-close-and-personal? If this is a real beating, why is he doing nothing to help? I hope this is a staged photo-shoot…

    • Bohdan ⋅

      Are you for real rotenburgh! With your hilariously inane remark ““What is this photographer doing up-close-and-personal? If this is a real beating, why is he doing nothing to help? I hope this is a staged photo-shoot…“

      Look at the photo once again comrade. But definitely not through your somogonka drunken haze.

      • BM ⋅

        Rutenburg is absolutely right. The sick photographer stood near to this man beating the woman and did nothing…treating these human beings like a photographer shooting a lion killing a zebra. Absolutely disgusting. And naturally, bystanders further away may indeed assume that this is a staged event, given that there is a photographer right next to the action doing nothing to stop it. So in essense, the photographer is an enabler of the violence, and then profits from it.

        • Black Monk, is that you? If so – I have been looking for you to resume our years of discussions, for more than a year. Drop me a line at my blog http://vladrutenburg.wordpress.com/

          Now, as far as the situation in the photo goes, the photographer sent me an email explaining what happened there. I hope I don’t betray the privacy here, but what we see in the photo is a little lover’s spat. It never got out of hand. The couple immediately made up and joined their friends that were waiting around the corner.

          Thus, his caption “A young man beating a woman on a Moscow street, while the police and bystanders look on without intervening“ is an attempt to make this photo, very weak as art, look important.

          You can see the same technique in all his photos at the exhibit:

          http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/an-x-ray-of-russian-corruption/

          Very boring, uneventful and artistically mediocre pictures, accompanied by unrelated comments, accusing Putin of inventing corruption, domestic violence, bad roads, etc.

          It is very hard to make a living as an artist unless you have unusual talents or connections. Misha is a struggling beginner photographer. Without these political captions, he wouldn’t have had his SoHo exhibit and his chance to make it.

        • Так как мой другой ответ застраыл у модераста:

          Black Monk, это ты? Если да, то оставь мне сообщение на моем сайте http://vladrutenburg.wordpress.com/

          Твой Валера Остапович Бендер-Харламов

        • Now, as far as the situation in the photo goes, the photographer sent me an email explaining what happened there. I hope I don’t betray the privacy here, but what we see in the photo is a little lover’s spat. It never got out of hand. The couple immediately made up and joined their friends that were waiting around the corner.

          Thus, his caption “A young man beating a woman on a Moscow street, while the police and bystanders look on without intervening“ is an attempt to make this photo, very weak as art, look important.

          Very boring, uneventful and artistically mediocre pictures, accompanied by unrelated comments, accusing Putin of inventing corruption, domestic violence, bad roads, etc.

          However, it is very hard to make a living as an artist unless you have unusual talents or connections. Misha is a struggling beginner photographer. Without these political captions, he wouldn’t have had his SoHo exhibit and his chance to make it.

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  7. mingthemerciless ⋅

    The KGB scum revealing themselves…Kaspersky lab?

  8. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Selling douchebags, Manfred Pissette Molle?

  9. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Of course scroll lower on his sewer site and you find the usual nazi anti-semitic rant…

    • Hey, Ming, are you trolling for responses, or just filling the comment space with garbage?

      If the former – learn to behave as a responsible adult (or at least adolescent). Until that happens, please don’t be saddened by the absence of any response to you from anybody.

      • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

        Admittedly, Ming’s contributions are quite appropriate — the blog’s “niche” being complete, utter Western garbage. It has the readership it deserves all right 😀

  10. siber_troll ⋅


    russian girl’s drug escape from reality

  11. siber_troll ⋅


    russian guy analysizes the Matrix. Neo sucks in case of.

  12. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Russian people have tripled their consumption of alcohol in spite of declining population. The misery caused by alcohol can be seen in low Men to Women Population ratios, Declining population, Alcohol related deaths and illnesses. Abandoned Children and a surge in congenital birth defects directly related to Alcohol. Including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Also a high divorce rate related to alcohol abuse. Will Russians voluntarily wean themselves off the bottle or continue the fall into the hell of the Vodka bottle. It was said that Drinking was the Joy of the Russian but it has turned into the sorrow of the Russian people.

    And into great hilarity for the rest of us!

  13. paris ⋅

    Death to russia!

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