Go on, debate it then — knock yourself out (that's London slang for «go ahead). Where in the world is there more democracy in action than in the UK? Perhaps only Switzerland, where almost all major issues are settled through public referendums. But Switzerland is a tiny country with the population of 8 million people. 12 million people live in London and Greater London alone. You can't expect the country of 66 million to organize 15 referendums a year, it is utopic. But our Parliament is the envy of the world, it is the most democratic and the oldest Parliament on Earth. So there.
> nyway, does that justify your foreign policy towards some less developed countries? Does it gives your politicians right to turn life of millions of people into a nightmare (like they do in the Middle East)? I don't think so. quoted1
Every country has foreign policy mistakes, grave mistakes — your country had more of them than any other. You occupied and set back the development of the whole of Eastern Europe and some Asian countries for nearly a century, so zip it. At least the UK admitted to the mistake in Iraq and heavily paid for it. So did Germany for their Nazism, etc. You admitted nothing. More than that — your Putin is gagging for the Soviet Union to come back in one form or another. So he is attacking neighbouring countries to try and bring them into the Russian sphere of influence — Russia with its one party system (effectively that is what it is) and never changing leader and corruption and kleptocracy is arguably even a worse option than the Soviet Union.
> But if you speak about Russians who criticise your democracy, I agree with you. It's not our place to do it quoted1
Right you are, mate — not your place to do it. Cause it is like someone who lives in slums — criticizes a rich mansion as not being a place good enough to live in. If you had a better system in place in Russia — I would understand and gladly accept your criticisms. But you don't
> Even if some of your traditions look creepy/embarrassing/something from middle ages/at least you don't behead people on squares like Saudi Arabia quoted1
What traditions? What May is doing is called «a curtsey» (French — reverance). If you mention it together with Saudis beheading people — you seriously need your head examined mate — no joke.
I will do you a favour and educate you about what a curtsey actually is.
A curtsey (also spelled curtsy, courtesy in British English, or incorrectly as courtsey) is a traditional gesture of greeting, in which a girl or woman bends her knees while bowing her head. It is the female equivalent of male bowing or genuflecting in Western cultures.
It is a greeting — that's all. All the ladies here used to curtsey. Curtsey is the first thing that students learn in ballet. There are zillions of curtseys in ballet — thank you to the teacher for a lesson, good morning curtsey, curtsey with shausses and plies, end of ballet curtsey to the public, etc.
If you see it as some sort of barbaric tradition — then you are just an uneducated piece of pleb. Sorry to say.
May bended her back, which is not supposed to happen when one curtseys, but she is an old woman and a diabetic, so — not a big deal really, is it? She has done worse things than that.
Here, this is a ballet teacher teaching the simplest form of curtsey to little toddlers (how barbaric — oh man!!!)
> Trump #####ing to Putin is all over US media, but it has nothing to do with reality. quoted1
It has something to do with reality — you meddled with US elections. Trump was elected in the US in spite of your meddling and not because of it. However, the fact that the meddling happened in the first place is why Russia is now punished with extra sanctions. That is quite real. Another one of Putin's foreign policy victories (ef ups).
Not strictly true. People who write about Russia here — lived there, worked there, some speak Russian. A few examples — Tony Brenton (used to be Britain's ambassador to Russia), Leonid Bershidsky (writes a lot on the state of Russian economy in Bloomberg) — not only worked in Russia, but set up «Vedomosti» newspaper there and speaks perfect Russian, Sean Walker — we already discussed — he lived in Russia longer than I did.
I think it was wishful thinking on behalf of our propaganda all along. Clearly. Don't believe it if you don't want to, it is not about believing it with the Russians, it's about wanting/not wanting it to happen. Don't worry — with your current mentality — Putin will sit in the Kremlin until he is carried out of there in a coffin. Good luck.
> Sorry, but it is well known fact that figure skating is very expensive in the USA and Canada and nobody will cover your costs. That's why Canada has only 2 good senior skaters and 1 good junior skater among ladies (Russia has dozens). There is no way Alina could succeed there (her parents are from lower middle class).And just for example, if you want to medal in juniors, you need to get smth close to 200 points in Russia. Canadian junior champion got smth close to 155 points. FYI Medvedeva lost to Alina by 1.37 points at Olympics, 5−6 points difference is considered a solid lead, 10−15 points difference means skaters are in different league. quoted1
OK, I agree — there are sports in the West which are expensive and cheaper in Russia. Great. Fantastic, very happy for you. Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> And one more thing, some US top coaches are of Soviet origin (like Arutyunyan), their approach is pretty much the same we have here in Russia. But Arutyunyan is one of the most successful coaches in the USA despite his attitude and all the differences in mentality. quoted1
I think you will find that when people from the former Soviet Union come to live and work in the West — they change their ways somewhat. Cause the environment is different, there are laws which protect children's rights and well being. Nothing like I watched in that documentary I mentioned to you earlier — could happen here. So probably your coaches just take the best out of their Soviet experience when applying their methods in the West, but here they still respect kids/students a hell of a lot more, otherwise they would be out of their jobs.
The rumor was true, Daria Panenkova left Eteri's team. She will train under another coach in the same club. Sad news for me (for now all skaters who left Eteri regressed or quit figure skating, I hope Evgenia will be an exception to this rule)
Daniil Gleighengaus: In the changing room Panenkova once again refused to go on the ice and said in front of everyone that she doesn't want to train. Eteri Georgievna also in front of everyone told her that she will either go on the ice or she can get out from pre-seasoning trainings. On that day Daria’s mother was there too and they decided to leave.