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Crimea River

Author: The Editors


July/Aug 2016
Social Issues
Page 16   ( 2 pages)


Summary: On Prime Minister Medvedev's gaffe and ensuing viral internet video... and on unconventional protest methods.


Extract:

A gaffe by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev caught on video has exploded on the internet into a popular meme. During a trip to Crimea Medvedev came face to face with a crowd of angry locals, leading to the following exchange:

Crowd: It’s impossible to survive! Prices are outrageous!

Medvedev: Pensions are a separate issue entirely.

Crowd: They are indexing our pensions wrong! Just 4 percent… What’s 8,000 rubles, that’s miserly!

Medvedev: We’ll deal with pensions nationwide, we can’t
just deal with them in one place.

Crowd: You said our pensions would be indexed, well, where is that?!

Medvedev: Nowhere, nowhere, we haven’t done that anywhere. There just isn’t any money right now. If we find the money, we’ll index them. You hang in there. I wish you all the best, good spirits and health!

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