March 24, 2020

Life-Changing Moments


Life-Changing Moments
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“This is war. The enemy is invisible, but some lines of the front are clear. Today's difficulties, of course, are far from the horrors known to our history, and that includes the Blockade. That was much worse than today, and scarier.... The noble experience and mysticism of the besieged Hermitage remains with us always and serves as an example.”

- General Director of the State Hermitage Museum Mikhail Piotrovsky in a Facebook post on how the Hermitage is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic

Runner-Up Quotes

“[My mom] found the perfect argument to make me stay. She told me, now you’ll go there, do whatever the lady says, leave, go home, and I will buy you ice cream. And that’s it! Dima is waiting, doing whatever.”

– Actor and dancer Dmitry Krasilov, who has recently been known by the nickname “Pukhlyash,” after his dance moves with the group Little Big, on how eight rubles for ice cream changed his life and put him on the dancing track

"There, the tractor will heal everyone. The fields heal everyone.”

– Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on the value of working in the fields for overcoming the coronavirus pandemic

“Firing someone, even in the current complex situation, should only be an extreme measure.”

– Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, warning the leadership of Russian businesses against the temptation of solving their problems by laying people off
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