I want to be an ambassador of democracy to the world. Russia is a country with a great democracy.French actor Gerard Depardieu • Discussing his move to Saransk, Russia—at the address 1 Democracy Street. Depardieu, who has become more known in recent months for his role in a controversy over tax exiles than his role with Katherine Heigl in “My Father the Hero,” claims he did not leave the country to escape the country’s proposed tax rate on the rich. One of the ironies of Depardieu’s statement is that Saransk is located in a part of Russia, Mordovia, known for its prison camps. One of the members of Pussy Riot, in fact, is serving time there.
AFP: The body of a kidnapped Russian lawmaker has been found in a cement-filled barrel in a cellar outside Moscow, investigators said Monday.
‘The body of Mikhail Pakhomov, a lawmaker from Lipetsk city council, has been found in one of the cellars of a private garage in a metal barrel filled with cement,’ the Investigative Committee said in a statement.
Yes, stuff like this still happens in 2013. It’s pretty messed up, wouldn’t you say?
When a small piece of rock would fall on the Earth 100 years ago it could have caused minimal damage and would have stayed largely undetected, but Friday’s accident fully demonstrated how vulnerable the technological civilization of today has become. It is high time Russia should start heavily investing in building an advanced space danger monitoring and warning system and above that a system capable of destroying such super bombs falling on us from the skies.Moscow State University’s Vladimir Lipunov • Discussing, in his role as head of the school’s Space Monitoring Laboratory, why more must be done to protect people from chunks of rock falling out of the sky. “We should be thankful to fate that this meteor in fact was a blessing in disguise and instead of destroying a significant part of Russia with quite dire consequences to the rest of the world, it sent us a clear warning signal by simply blowing up a bunch of windows and lightly injuring over one thousand people,” he added. Other scientists, as well, are arguing that yesterday’s meteorite incident is worth adding fresh layers of protection—despite, well, the incidents being relatively infrequent.