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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

21 March 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Russians get the Silver Medal for Boorishness

Russians get the Silver Medal for Boorishness

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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British users of the free airfare search engine Skyscanner believed that Russians were amongst the least polite nations, second only to the French, the company reported to RIA-Novosti.

13 March 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120311/591598795.html

Editor’s Note:

What the Brits call boorishness, all Russians know as “Baba’s way”. Woe to you if you track across the floor that Baba just cleaned… not a wise move! If you get on Baba’s shit list… you’d best move… very, very far away. On the other hand, what the survey didn’t show was that if you’re in Baba’s good graces, no accusation can stick to you… NOTHING. You’re golden… the Brits only see one side of the coin and make a misjudgement. Russians are both the rudest and the friendliest people on the face of the planet… that’s the way we are. At least, there’s no phoney two-facedness, except amongst zapadniki who ape Westerners. I don’t know what’s worse, “Have a nice day” (when the person saying it doesn’t give a hoot in hell if you live or die), or “You can do it if you try” (we all have talents and you can’t do everything, and that’s that). Give me a straight-up Baba over an unctuous “Miss Manners”… I don’t think that I’m alone…

BMD

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21 March 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Sputniks aren’t Afraid of Storms!

Sputniks aren’t Afraid of Storms!

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin told reporters that the largest geomagnetic storm in the last seven years didn’t affect the operation of any Russian military or dual-use satellites.

11 March 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120311/591598795.html

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