After All These Years, Nothing Has Changed With Pravda

Don’t get me wrong, there’s much about Russia that I love. I’ve been curious about the country since the 1972 Summit Series when I saw those stoic Russian faces in the crowd. I married a Russian woman, and I’ve been there seven times.

But I’m not happy about this, which was printed in Sunday’s Vancouver Province.

This was written in the Russian paper “Pravda’, which translates to “truth.” It’s almost like it could have been written in pre-glasnost times and I find it outrageous and ridiculous. And “truth?” Pravda, going back 75 years, has never known or spoken the truth.

Here’s Pravda:

“Vancouver is not fit to hold the Winter Olympics. Far from being a question of sour grapes, Russian commentators were already expressing their reservations as to the integrity of the Vancouver Lobby being able to host the Olympic Games weeks before the start.

“We all know Canada has problems with the future lines drawn on Arctic maps and we all know Canada lives in the shadow of its larger neighbour to the south…The utter incapacity of this country to host a major international event, due to its inferiority complex, born of a trauma being the skinny and weakling bro to a beefy United States and a colonial outpost to the United Kingdom.

“Maybe it is this which makes the Canadians so…retentive, or cowardly. So it is not exactly a huge surprise to have international skating experts…criticizing the decision to award the men’s figure skating Gold medal to the US athlete Evan Lysacekv over the reigning Olympic Champion Evgeny Plushenko, whose superior performance was inexplicably ignored.

“Everybody who knows anything about Olympic skating, Winter Olympic sports and international politics will infer from the pitiful and dangerous conditions provided by the Canadian authorities, which already caused one death, that Vancouver is mutton dressed as lamb. Take off the outer veneer and the stench is horrific. It is a surprise that any Russian athlete would wish to remain in that sort of environment for a second longer.”

10 thoughts on “After All These Years, Nothing Has Changed With Pravda”

  1. yes we all know the russians, soviets or what ever they are, live and work or pretend to work and perform in ideal conditions and in the lap of luxury. why would anyone want to forsake the motherland for a cowardly, retentive country who has such problems with future lines on arctic maps………. cause we kick your commie asses and always will. truth.

  2. Hey Dennis;Russian propoganda at it’s best,that wont change as they are an isolated people who’s goverment says it is trying to be more democratic but are having a hard time showing it with this type of crap.Sour grapes is a sad thing,we are all capable of it but only few show signs of ignoring it,I’ sure there will be more before it’s all over.

  3. Hobo, I was really hoping things like what was in Pravda would’ve changed in recent times.. Heck, they’ve got beautiful shopping malls and bowling alleys and nice cars everywhere, but what they said in that story is really old party-line stuff. Some things never change, I guess.

  4. It’s really like the old days with that story, Derry. The sad part is, normal Russian people read it and believe it.

  5. before anyone gets their prissy, politicly correct canadian asses bent out of shape, my comments are purely political and are by no means meant to demean the fine russian people, especially the beautiful russian women. i am not insinuating russian people don’t work hard but am referring to the old soviet proverb ” we prdeeteend to vork, they prdeetend to pay us ” i would rather ride on the tails of the eagle than the tails of the bear. just ask anyone from poland, ukraine, prague etc. etc. comments like pravda’s are not to be ignored. ….unfortunately sometimes things are black or white……… my wife and i went to a crosby, stills , nash and young show at the acc in toronto as guests of richard peddy. we sat in the executive box. kuweel. as i watched the show i realized nothing has changed in 40 yrs. all their old songs are relevant now and their new song would be relevant then. just change nixon’s face for bush. scarey. nothing has changed……… now for important things, the habs.

  6. They had concerns before the Olympics. They should have been looking into how many of their competitors had positive drug tests. Their motto is that if the IOC doesn’t catch them it didn’t happen.

    We can’t host a major international event? Someone should notify the world junior hockey championship organizers. They come back to Canada almost every year because no other country can host a hockey tournament as well as we can. Or does Pravda think Russians don’t care about hockey anymore?

  7. Chris, it’s like we’ve gone back 20 years with these Russians. The authorities there can be the most frustrating on the planet. They are supposed to have made leaps and bounds into the modern age, but they really haven’t. They’re still stuck in the Cold War in many ways.

  8. Hi Dennis,

    Disregard propoganda and realize it’s the comments because of losing medals. Sorry Mr. Pleshenko, you took 3 years off training and did not compete as well.

    Russia lost to Canada in hockey, that’s life. One person/team wins and someone loses. Don’t enter if you can’t face that reality.

    Sochi 2014 will show the rest of the world how a “perfect” Olympics are held then.

  9. Hi Diane,
    First, I thought the American skater deserved. And second, the Russian authorities are whacked. Always have been. And this country, Russia, will never be a true democratic country until this craziness evaporates.

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