Vladimir Vysotsky. The Criminal Code.

Commentary to the song “The Fellow Traveler”.

As the epigraph to this song, there can be used the words of Porphyry Ivanov, peace be upon him, from his article “The Five Rules”: “And when thou want­est to enjoy a cigarette or wine, do not thou do it.”

And it is pertinent to give here an old saying: “Simulans amicum, inimicus inimicissimus.” (“The enemy who pretends to be a friend is the most inimical.”)

The song was written in 1965.

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