January 01, 2005

Fools on the Barricades



The Orange Revolution, which swept over Ukraine and turned downtown Kiev into a huge, round-the-clock political protest cum tent city cum rock concert, had one major, if little-noted, effect on Russian-Ukrainian relations: all of a sudden, Russians stopped calling their southern neighbors Khokhly, the pejorative normally used widely to describe Ukrainians.

Really.

It was replaced with the more politically-correct duraki (fools, idiots).


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