R.I.P. Vyacheslav Tikhonov

As Stirlitz in classic Soviet WWII spy drama 🙂

“Seventeen Moments of Spring,” where Tikhonov played his arguably most famous and iconic role, always gave me the warm fuzzies with its ending. It talked about how this Soviet spy, who doesn’t yet know that the war will be ending later in the year, in May, is going to Berlin to continue with his work. It emphasizes the importance of doing your job, regardless of your delicate fee-fees.

Anyway, besides all that, Tikhonov was simply a great actor.

Babi Yar non-post

I saw that the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as with a voice of thunder, “Come and see.”

There’s really nothing remotely clever or interesting that I can say about Babi Yar, aside from the fact that it’s a horrifying place to visit. Family members were murdered there, along with roughly 100,000 others, and I thought I could easily compartmentalize that. After all, I never knew them, right? But Babi Yar doesn’t really work like that. It has this crackling, living aura, and you can’t keep it at an arm’s length. You duck into the warm metro afterward, but it follows you.