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За такую скоморошину,
Откровенно говоря,
Мне свинцовую горошину
Ждать бы от секретаря.

1930

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For all the foolishness I’ve said,
The punishment is heavy,
I could receive a pea of lead
From the secretary.[1]

1930

NOTES

[1] Joseph Stalin: (December 18, 1878 – March 5, 1953) was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953.