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Hi, if you join the Personal acquaintances project, I'll be glad to verify you... Ter-burg (talk) 08:47, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

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I didn't know you were interested in military history lol. Shiningroad (talk) 22:12, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Nothing sends me to sleep better than Lawrence Olivier talking about German forces launching Operation Barbarossa, over grainy black and white footage of men riding on the back of trucks or operating artillery.--Battleofalma (talk) 09:34, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

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Whoops, will fix. --Battleofalma (talk) 11:29, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

DYK for London Fields Brewery[edit]

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DYK nomination of Russian criminal tattoos[edit]

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DYK for Russian criminal tattoos[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:32, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

Russian criminal tattoos[edit]


I have seen your article on Russian underworld tattoos. If you are a non-native Russian speaker (and I guess you are one), this is a very good attempt. I would say surprisingly very good. Still, as a native Russian who have read about and seen "the material" alive many times, I see some inconsistencies and minor mistakes, so I will try to correct them. BTW, the Russian criminal tattoo motifs are oftentimes intervowen with those of sailors and soldiers. Also, the Soviet gangster culture heavily borrowed from Germans, Jews, Georgians, Armenians, Romanis, Asians, etc.

Best regards, Lamro (talk) 06:50, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, I tried my best (I'm not a Russian speaker at all), but if you can help at all with the Cyrillic translations of certain words that would be great. The research was mostly taken from four books which are compilations from these writers Danzig Baldaev (a former prison guard) and some other criminologists and ethnographers.
Some of the sources and accounts are slightly contradictory, and the meanings changed over time. I tried to keep the article historic, as the "golden era" of these tattoos seems to be late 1930s to the 1960s. After that the Vory v Zakone structure breaks down and the tattoos have less meaning and consistency.
If you have any other good sources for this please let me know, but I assume a lot of them are in Russian.Battleofalma (talk) 09:52, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
Yes, the Baldayev's book is considered to be a fundamental reference book and a prime source on this theme. Many other sources copy his research and borrow drawings from his book. I don't know whether the book is available in English, but if you use it as a source, that is, I guess, the best option available. Baldayev was a high-profile officer (a one-star general as far as I remember -- and that was quite a rank) whithin the Soviet penetentiary and law-enforcement system, so his research is comprehensive and is based on his real-life experience and passion. I guess his research was classified for years and was used to train junior police officers. It was initially published in the early 1990s as I remember. I will check the Russian spellings and add some other inputs, as I like the article.

Lamro (talk) 10:38, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

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