Magazine article Russian Life

Overheard

Magazine article Russian Life

Overheard

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"By ending internal strife and crushing external enemies, Prince Vladimir laid the foundations for the formation of a united Russian nation."

--President Vladimir Putin, on the role of Prince Vladimir, who received an unprecedented celebration marking the millennium of his death, as well as of the Christianization of Rus (Kremlin.ru)

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"Rarely does one find dining establishments near the Duma whose menus feature our national dishes. It is therefore advisable to require that at least 50 percent of the dishes offered on restaurants' menus be Russian cuisine. We will draft such a bill."

--Vadim Solovyev, a Communist lawmaker in the Russian Duma (Izvestiya)

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"If we make up our minds that this is a crisis, then it will be a crisis. If we decide that it's not a crisis, then it won't be."

--Acting governor of Kaluga Oblast, Anatoly Artamonov, on the key to a healthy economy (Vedonwsti)

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"We were studying Stalinism, and I assigned students to write denunciations. …

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