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23 September 2018

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Author: Michelle A. Berdy
Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Sep/Oct 2017
Survival Russian
Page 28   ( 1 pages)

Summary: On how much more difficult it is becoming to have a civil conversation in Russia.


In the old days, people had discussions. People had opinions and facts. Sometimes people disagreed with one another’s opinions or quibbled over facts. But there were certain shared assumptions that made talking possible.

That is no longer true. Today people don’t share the same opinions, beliefs, facts or even accept the same laws of nature. This seems to be true everywhere, but it is particularly true in Russia. When I first began to have awkward conversations, I tried not responding at all, but that is rude. You have to say something. So, over the last few years I’ve developed a strange little repertoire of comments to get me through these uncomfortable interactions.

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