Magazine article Russian Life

Overheard

Magazine article Russian Life

Overheard

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"Please understand, this is all from the sphere of fantasy, it's pointless to deny it, to call the rumors nonsense ... It would be difficult for me to answer questions about his personal life. He works so much that I don't really understand where this personal life would fit in."

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, on persistent rumors that his boss married former gymnast Alina Kabayeva at a ceremony in Valdai, Novgorod region. (Izvestia)

"Our country has been fortunate to have so many mega-events in Russia in recent years: the opportunity was there, as were the funds. Perhaps we need to pause and consider what costs they entail for the economy, then let the public develop demand for such projects."

Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, on the tens of billions of dollars Russia has spent on prestige projects like the APEC summit and the Olympic Games, now that the Russian budget is under pressure. (Itar-TASS)

"Berlusconi is on trial because he lives with women, but if he were a homosexual, no one would lift a finger against him."

President Vladimir Putin speaking at the televised Valdai Club meeting, on the prosecution of his friend, and former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, who was found guilty of having sex with a minor. …

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