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Pop Star Politics
September 23, 2020

Pop Star Politics

By The Editors

“Just know that you don’t give away your loved one… Belarusians, we are a force.”

– a group of Belarusian and Russian pop singers, singing in a patriotic music video to support President Lukashenko

Can't Mask This
August 26, 2020

Can't Mask This

By The Editors

“If the government thinks that it [wearing masks] is necessary, it should provide them free of charge, just like shoe covers are provided free of charge in medical organizations.”

– Alexander Saversky, President of the Russian organization League of Patients' Defenders, who started a petition against wearing masks
On Melons and Vacationers
August 12, 2020

On Melons and Vacationers

By The Editors

“You risk getting an upset stomach, but there is no scientific evidence for this fact.”

- An announcement from Russia’s Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, on the incorrect way to eat melons

Protest Poems and Start of School
July 29, 2020

Protest Poems and Start of School

By The Editors

“Are all these really mercenaries? // In Moscow, their voices are heard already! // The column went more and more powerfully. // They do not ask or pray, // They want the will to reach // All the ears of the people. // And there is no task to borrow, // No, it’s not their roof that is sliding. // ‘We are not stupid, we are not stupid!’ // Ah, those who don't want to hear them.”

– Sergei Shnurov, leader of the band Leningrad, and a politician and producer, who used a poem on Instagram to announce his arrival in Khabarovsk to check out the protests occuring there in response to the arrest of governor Sergei Furgal

On the Benefits of Coffee
July 22, 2020

On the Benefits of Coffee

By The Editors

“Coffee is good. I don’t know where we got coffee from – it’s like a sin, like drinking champagne in the morning... Coffee is good, remember that. You can love it or not love it, but you cannot blame it and say that it is harmful. ”

– Dr. Alexander Myasnikov, dispelling misconceptions on the dangers of coffee

Boars and Bad Weather
July 08, 2020

Boars and Bad Weather

By The Editors

“If you meet a boar, don’t approach it and don’t look it in the eye … if you meet a whole herd, stay away from the piglets.”

- Advice in a note from the Moscow mayor's official website on the appearance of wild boars in some Moscow parks

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