A Lazy Speech Writer Makes Putin Look Bad

Putin

From Gazeta.ru:

Bloggers have noticed a word-for-word match between Putin’s speech on Friday and a speech by Ivanov in October

The blogosphere is discussing the word-for-word match in President Vladimir Putin’s Friday speech about the “vulgar, primitive understanding” of a secular state and statements made by the head of presidential administration, Sergey Ivanov at the World Russian People’s Council in October of last year.

The day before, at a meeting with the members of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, Putin stated that, “in many ways, with the damage to spiritual and national foundations, with the current hounding of the Russian Orthodox Church and our other traditional denominations, the destruction of our united country has begun, throwing it into revolution and turmoil, civil conflicts and war”.

“With the damage to spiritual and national foundations, with the current hounding of the Russian Orthodox Church and our other traditional denominations, the destruction of our united country has begun, throwing it into revolution and turmoil, civil revolt” was said by Ivanov in October, bloggers remember.

Comments from Gazeta.ru:

buy_tur:

Putin’s a write-off again!

minkogal:

I don’t see any scandal here – they match, so what? It’s more than likely that the script-writer messed up. But, on the other hand, Putin made a good speech. I noticed a long time ago that the more the State Duma robots criticise him, the more truthful he is.

alex_webster5:

Probably the person who writes his speeches couldn’t be bothered to come up with a new one.

iotmorozoff:

Incidentally,
“bloggers noticed”
is not true
One blogger noticed
the rest all copy-pasted )))

teepoon:

Damn internet!
In the good old Soviet days, who would have checked that the speech at the 25th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was a repeat of the previous?
But now, people can google, and there you go!

Oleg Evdokimov:

It won’t be long before old man Putin will be like Leonid Ilyich [Brezhnev], reading from paper, moving his lips slowly without understanding the words.
And people will laugh, but tolerate it. At least we’re better dressed now!

Evgeny Vseizvestnyi: (responding to above)

Judging by Putin’s work, you can’t really doubt his abilities. He’s trounced the Yanks and the Europeans.

margreen119:

A blogger has actually listened to a speech by Putin?
Sаnсtа simpliсitаs …

mohova_boroda:

Fire him for plagiarism

ubahobo:

Repetition is the mother of learning. Otherwise, people won’t get the message. Now everyone’s taking notes on our dear leader’s speeches.

[Note: "repetition is the mother of learning" is a common Russian idiom. Its meaning is fairly clear.]

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  • http://twitter.com/RedHotRussia Augis Barkov

    “Repetition is the mother of learning” is a common Russian idiom ??

    Strange.. I always thought that “Repetitio est mater studiorum” is Latin idiom.

    • http://www.russiaslam.com/ Joe Innes

      I’d never heard that before… Google gives ~62,000 results for the Latin, while “повторение мать учения” gives 2.25 million results. Certainly looks like it’s more common in Russian than in Latin.

      • http://twitter.com/RedHotRussia Augis Barkov

        I wouldn’t use the number of Google searches as a tool of comparative linguistics, since there are more speakers of Russian than speakers of Latin.

        Source http://dslov.narod.ru/pos/p144.htm says:
        В русский язык поговорка пришла как перевод с латыни аналогичной пословицы –
        Repetitio est mater studiorum.

        • http://www.russiaslam.com/ Joe Innes

          For an academic paper, of course, you’d be right, but in the comments section of a news website, I think it’s a fairly good indicator of how common the saying is.

          Perhaps then, we could agree that it is a Russian idiom that came to Russian as a translation of a Latin one, as per your source?

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