They say arrested was A kind lad, was taken in for three words, - They say arrested was Mishka Larin for three words. They say, the lawyer didnít help him, I wouldnít lie, - Mishka Larin, as the worst criminal that has ever been Was certified. It is a true injustice after all! I say: not guilty, After all, not out of malice, After all, itís the wine to blame!.. I say: not guilty, And to defame - what kind of news is this! I say, that Mishka wouldnít rise a hand on that bitch, - So give Mishka a bail, donít put him in the prison van - here, letís shake a hand on it! Otherwise, it is a true injustice after all! They say, before the wedding He will return, before the wedding, - What if it would be you send in, What if it was you left to rot! What if it was you send to Kamchatka, to Kamchatka - and given prison bunks to lie. - You shouldíve feel sorry for our *Mishatka, you shouldíve cried!.. Otherwise, it is a true injustice after all! I say: defend the guy! I repeat: itís not fare on parole, release! If you are so stingy, and deny - I declare: Just you wait, you bitches! Like a ton of bricks Iíll come down! Like a ton of bricks Iíll come down! I wonít forget my friend Mishka- and Iíll bury you all under the ground! Otherwise, it is a true injustice after all!
© Anatoli Trojanowski. Translation, 2019