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Putin and the New York Times Pravda/Izvestia

Thursday, 12 September, 2013

The Soviet Union had two main papers, Pravda and Izvestia. Pravda, which means “truth”, was the official voice of the Party and Izvestia, which means “news”, was the official voice of the Government. This gave rise to the witticism: “There is no Pravda in Izvestia, and there is no Izvestia in Pravda“.

Today, the New York Times decided to go Pravda/Izvestia by inviting Vladimir Putin to grace its pages with an opinion piece titled A Plea for Caution From Russia. This has given rise to much Twitter mirth. Here’s a sample:


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