Magazine article Russian Life

Overheard

Magazine article Russian Life

Overheard

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"The pig is physiologically very close to us ... nature is showing us our place in evolution."

Russia's head doctor, Gennady Onishchenko, on the swine flu situation (Itogi)

"Unfortunately, I decided to stop the project, because I don't know how to finish it: Bulgakov's novel doesn't have an ending ... I also realize that the audience would want Margarita to run off with Woland rather than the Master, but it would not be a good idea."

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, on why he is abandoning his Master and Margarita musical (RIA Novosti)

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"Do you like Aivazovsky's The Ninth Wave? Well, hang it on your wall at home and look at it all day long."

Russia's richest man Mikhail Prokhorov (left), on whether there will be another tumultuous wave in the financial crisis in Russia. (Reuters)

"If those who made the atomic bomb and used it are ready to abandon it, along with--I hope--other nuclear powers that officially or unofficially possess it, we will of course welcome and facilitate this process in every possible way."

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, on the apparent expendability of nuclear weapons (BBC)

"My oldest son told me that he eventually came to doubt that a business trip could last so long, so he asked the older kids at his summer camp: 'What else could it be?' They replied: 'Your parents probably divorced and your mom left.'"

Svetlana Bakhmina, a former Yukos lawyer who spent four and a half years in prison and gave birth to a daughter behind bars. …

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