Friday object lesson #13: KGB t-shirt

Last week I chaired a panel discussing Russia at the annual symposium of the Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies. In keeping with the intelligence theme, this week’s Friday object is a t-shirt I picked up at the airport in Moscow with the logo ‘I work in the KGB. And you?’  ‘No blabbering’ says the back of the shirt.

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cropped t-shirt back

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3 thoughts on “Friday object lesson #13: KGB t-shirt”

  1. The picture on the back and the caption is an old poster from the Great Patriotic War. I always thought it said “Don’t Gossip”, but I guess the sense is much the same. There is a great cafe in Vladivostok, downtown right across from the central bus terminal, which was tricked out like a wartime worker’s cafeteria. It had plain furniture and bare-bones cutlery, and featured plain but wholesome fare in generous portions for – comparatively speaking – wartime prices. The walls were papered with vintage wartime posters, and that one featured prominently.

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  2. ‘Don’t gossip’ would be an equally good translation, maybe better, but as you say the sense is the same. The British equivalent from WW2 is ‘Careless talk costs lives’. I did go to Vladivostok once, but missed that cafe – it sounds interesting.

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