chinaSMACK Honors Sino-Russian Friendship with russiaSLAM

China has had a long relationship with Russia, with quite a few up and downs, changing governments, and no less than three “Treaties of Friendship” to show for it. There has been, on both sides, alternating support for the monarchists, the nationalists, then the communists, and finally the reformists…plus a general apprehension about the Japanese and, of course, a suspicion of “the West”.

Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong shaking hands on a stamp commemorating the 1950 Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship.

Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong shaking hands on a stamp commemorating the 1950 Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship.

Today, cleverly on Russia’s Day of Conception, chinaSMACK is proud to announce the launch of its latest sister-site, russiaSLAM.

Whereas once it was about the workers, now its about the netizens.

Like chinaSMACK, russiaSLAM is committed to providing a glimpse into modern Russian society and internet culture through coverage and translations of trending topics on the Russian-language internet, an internet not dissimilar to China’s own, with its own arguably segregated or even insular ecosystem. There was a “Runet” before someone thought they were clever and came up with “Chinternet” and while that internet isn’t filled with a bunch of ideograms, Cyrillic is still damn near inscrutable.

Fortunately, russiaSLAM’s lead editor Joe can make sense of that strange alphabet, because frankly the only Cyrillic character we recognize at chinaSMACK is the Hong Kong MTR. Him and a couple of Russians (or so we assume judging by the number of iminov’s and shkin’s in their names, and the persistent whiff of vodka) will be working hard to provide English readers a taste of the Russian zeitgeist through the Russian netizen-dictated mixture of good, bad, and ugly.

For example, currently on russiaSLAM:

As with the rest of the chinaSMACK family, russiaSLAM will be updated daily, so be sure to subscribe to the russiaSLAM RSS feed, get email updates, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter to get their latest updates.

We’re extremely excited with this newest expansion and we hope you’ll find it a consistently compelling, eye-opening, but also entertaining way to follow the world’s largest country and its own colorful netizens…in the Latin alphabet you know and love.

Introducing russiaSLAM.

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  • Demofox

    Sofa Again?

  • Gontraf

    The hammer and sickle on the stamp appears to be a mirror image of the actual symbol.

  • mr. wiener

    Free pussy [riot].

    • Boris

      On their release from incarceration they should record a cover of ‘Who let the dogs out?’

      • linette

        Russia men are unique specie. Kill two women then write a note about free the pussy. o.0

  • B*tches, Leave

    Oh cool :)

  • me a

    well, now we’ll be waiting the japanese version, and the thai, and the indian, and the north korean (do they have internet there?). so keep it up guys!

    • Bob Loblaw

      I think KoreaBANG does not focus exclusively on South Korea. As of the indian version, you won’t have to wait for very long, since they already launched IndoBOOM a few weeks ago. http://www.indoboom.com/

      • Bob Loblaw

        My bad, IndoBOOM is about Indonesia.

        • Winter B4 Spring

          LOL yep!!! true! But that’s alright. they the same country =.=

    • ThinkBlue

      Soon the franchise will expand into the west with canadaCRUNCH, franceCRACK, ameriBLAM, britainWALLOP, germanySTOMP, spainRIP, italyCRASH and irelandBASH

      • A GUY

        I would prefer AmeriSMASH.

      • Translating American news into English is a good idea!!

        • moop

          good one. you look like a young liberace. most esl speakers actually seem to understand americans better than british, there are some polls by esl students that support this. creep

          • donscarletti

            Yep, non native speakers often find it easier to understand each other since they use simpler language and do not use the complex idioms that native speakers are want to use.

          • Kukuku

            Statement: Irony!

      • linette

        canadaCRUNCH, franceCRACK, ameriBLAM, britainWALLOP,…..

        hahaha…..we need someone who speaks English to translate for us. For me at least. lol.

  • boymojo

    When is Brazil and India going to have section about them?

    • Brett Hunan

      Probably when people interested enough decide to translate the news stories every day.

    • Ami

      When India stops using English as its go-to lingua franca/academic language and Brazil will get a site when Google Translate stops working.

      Am I joking?

      • Winter B4 Spring

        i dont know. are you? o.O

    • vince

      I doubt that would be necessary in India’s case as most news is in English anyway, no need for translation.

  • Being an out-of-wedlock “offspring” of chinaSMACK on Russian matters, RedHotRussia ( http://redhotrussia.com ) is happy to see the birth of russiaSLAM.

    Hopefully, we will be able to provide some entertaining reading to those who are interested in RuNet from slightly different perspectives.

    • Boris

      Where are you from?
      You have a Russian haircut, but you’re………… smiling.

      • mr. wiener

        It could be lockjaw from stepping on a rusty nail..?

        • Boris

          Genuine elation at just hearing that her husband has died from an alcoholic seizure?

      • I am from Israel.
        You are spot on. Russians rarely smile and I am not exception.
        Simply this picture was taken by a nice Chinese girl (who is my wife now), so I had reasons to smile.

        • Boris

          Sorry, I thought you were a woman. I try not to smile -it makes me look older. And after a few years of marriage, your facial expression will mirror than of our morose Russian brothers, too. Get your smugness in while you still can!

          • David.is.Dawei

            Boris
            LMAO – You had me laughing out loud – Thanks
            Dave

        • Winter B4 Spring

          No! I repeat! You are Russian, but not living in Russia, thus you are smiling!! =P

          • linette

            Is Russia that bad?

      • Winter B4 Spring

        He’s Russian and not living in Russia, thus the smile =.=

  • Harland

    So, you gonna do this for pretty much every language, eh?

    • Kukuku

      Still waiting for JapanFUTA

      • linette

        I like to read more about India and countries in middle east where they have war. I want to know how those people live.

        • vince

          linette Indian news is printed quite extensively in English, it doesn’t require translation so you can actually read it now. About the middle east well you’re going to have to wait till someone fluent enough decides to do the translation, my Arabic unfortunately is rather rusty.

  • Oppulence? I has it. I like de byest. But I also like savings de money. So when chinaSMACK tell me start up new site call russiaSLAM? I jump in it.

    • linette

      whiskersthecat
      You are also doing the translation for russiaslam? I thought you are American. You are Russian American?

      • whiskersthecat

        Da! babushka perestroika privyet Stolichnaya nyet dasvidaniya

        • linette

          dA and babushka means yes and old woman/grandma.
          I don’t understand the rest. You grandma she is russian? You can speak russian?

        • mr. wiener

          Yob tovyamad.

          • Cynic

            Pizdyts

  • Chom

    What’s with the SMACK, BANG, SLAM??? indoBOOM seems to be the only one with a positive connotation.

    • Boris

      How about japanFELTCH?

    • Ami

      It appears that with all this onomatopoeia all these asian translation newssites are fighting for dominance~

    • Slam= sub launch attack missile

  • Ami

    I appreciate all the new sites! They provide an informative,entertaining and unique look into other countries online and offline politics/cultures.

    *except for indoBOOM (everyone’s least favorite)

    • Winter B4 Spring

      LOL yeah

  • ThinkBlue

    Russian language for Chinese speakers, Lesson 1:

    Hello: dasvidaniya – 打死你大娘 (da si ni da niang)

  • Yesway

    Congratulations!

  • Nanny Hiccups

    My friend who is a 60 year old chinese woman told me she didn’t learn English growing up because Westerners were considered the enemy so they had to learn to speak Russian. She speaks fluent russian and terrible English to this day.

    I like all of these smack web sites. It’s funny, black america has one. It’s called http://worldstarhiphop.com you will see some crazy stuff on there. crazy crazy crazy.

    • Cynic

      Chinese people pronouncing Russian sounds way more funny than Chinese people pronouncing English.

  • Nanny Hiccups

    Russia, indo, korea, I wonder which is next. Chinasmack should try to get all of them before american sites catch on and try to cash in. Trademark all of those names.

  • champion

    good

  • Nice, but where’s Japan SMASH again? :\

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