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*beep* Riot story?
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:30 am    Post subject: *beep* Riot story? Reply with quote

As far as my classes are concerned, few if any of my class members are really interested in this story. Storm in a teacup; of more interest to foreign media; just a PR stunt by the band's management - these are the few comments I have heard from students.

To judge from foreign media, this is a burning issue in Russia, both in support and against. But my own experience here does not bear this out. Only remarkable thing is the strong lack of interest.

How about other teachers?
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooops! The naughty word filter didn't like one of the words in the subject line. Here's a link in case some readers don't know the story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19302986
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Grenouille



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know anyone here in Moscow who cares about this story either. From the information I have, they're not even a real band, just puppets for someone 'higher up' (I don't know who).
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coledavis



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I met one person who actively sought my opinion. His own was that the singers were indeed 'hooligans'. It doesn't seem to be of interest to most of the people I know, although I am not sure just how interested in current affairs most Russians are, perhaps because standard tv news coverage in Russia is rather stultifying.
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smithrn1983



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a single student who has indicated any interest in the story. One of my friends (Russian) is adamantly against them, but other than that, I only know about it from foreign media.
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ecocks



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By and large a non-story among my students and friends in the CIS as well. The Orthodox Christians I know seem to think they were generally desecrating the church with their actions and should be punished but the 2 year sentence is a bit much.

It also tells me that both the media and the politicians are frantic to find anything to distract the governed from the continuing financial problems of the world by grasping at anything. Don't the Presidents, Foreign Ministers, State Departments and Prime Ministers have something more important to be dealing with right now?
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like I am not mistaken then in viewing this as a matter of little importance within Russia and the Near Abroad.

My own take on this is that it is a little rich for foreign pop stars and all to be lecturing about this issue as though it is solely one of freedom of artistic expression and free speech. Something over which world media outlets regularly seem to bash Russia. However, I'm pretty sure that if something similar happened in St. Peter's or in Canterbury Cathedral, there would not be such an automatic defence of 'human rights' etc.
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lechatbleu



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting...

Judging by the coverage here in the US, at least, they're making it out to be a huge issue.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the US media mostly enjoy saying the name of the band publically.
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lechatbleu



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
I think the US media mostly enjoy saying the name of the band publically.


Good point, that's probably a large part of it.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Publically. Great word! Just like public ally! Far better than 'publicly', urgh!
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Stephen Fry Reply with quote

Oh dear. I quite like Stephen Fry, but this is just silliness:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19319360
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops. Spelling, damitall Embarassed
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is accepted spelling. Is it not?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, Merriam-Webster says yes.
And I've double-checked if I spelt Merriam correctly as well Very Happy
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