In memoriam – Viktor Chernomyrdin

Last week former Russian PM Viktor Chernomyrdin passed away, rest in peace.

He founded Gazprom, for whom I indirectly work, and so his passing led me to read more about him. It turns out he was quite well-known for his way with words.

Some gems (all are from Michele Berdy’s column):

Раньше полстраны работало, а пол не работало, а теперь….все наоборот.
In the past, half the country worked, and half didn’t. Now it’s the other way around.

Мы продолжаем то, что мы уже много наделали.
We’re continuing to do what we’ve already screwed up.

Сроду такого не было, и опять то же самое.
From the very beginning nothing like this had ever happened, and now it’s the same thing all over again.

Все вопросы, которые были поставлены, мы их все соберем в одно место.
All the questions that have been asked, we’re going to gather them all up and put them some place.

Мы как вступать начнем, так обязательно на что-нибудь наступим.
As soon as we start to take a step forward, we always end up stepping on something.

Переживем трудности. Мы не такие в России россияне, чтобы не пережить.
We can overcome adversity. We can survive. Here in Russia we aren’t Russians for nothing.

Хотели, как лучше, а получилось, как всегда.
We wanted it to be better, but in the end, it turned out the same as always.

Лучше водки хуже нет!
Better than vodka there is nothing worse!

Say what?

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/chernomyrdins-linguistic-legacy/422509.html

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One Response to In memoriam – Viktor Chernomyrdin

  1. JH says:

    is it disrespectful if i laughed

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