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The week in quotes: Does the Pope wear a funny hat?

by Natalia AntonovaKristen Blyth at 18/03/2013 21:01

“I was concerned about the safety of my family, about the health of my wife and future child.”

– Children’s Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, explaining why his third son was born in Cote d’Azur. Astakhov, a passionate proponent of banning international adoptions, was labeled a hypocrite in the press for providing the comforts of Western medicine to his family, while essentially aiming to deny it to Russian orphans

 

“Do you want someone to plant drugs on you and get you in trouble?”

– Krasnodar resident Anna Minosyan, who parked her Porsche Cayenne directly in front of oncoming traffi c to go shopping at a nearby boutique, causing a traffic jam. When locals together with a Novaya Gazeta journalist began filming Minosyan, she resorted to threats and insults. The video featuring the debacle, which took place within earshot of a traffi c policeman, went viral on YouTube this week

 

“You can save on soap and shampoo.”

– Russia’s chief medical officer, Gennady Onishchenko, extolling the virtues of washing yourself with snow ahead of a record-breaking blizzard in Moscow

 

“Enough room for more than one hermit in this particular hermitage.”

– Comedian Stephen Fry, enjoying the sight of the State Hermitage Museum. Fry flew in to interview Vladimir Milonov, the St. Petersburg-based conservative politician who authored the controversial bill banning “gay propaganda” to minors

 

“He thinks I’m the most horrible person in Russia.”

Milonov, following his discussion with Fry

 

“As the Vatican makes the holy announcement that the winner of the papal election is from Argentina, some people detect the hand of God.”

– From the official Twitter feed of the Have I Got News For You comedy quiz show

 

“He has taken hostages and is demanding pizza and Pepsi.”

– An unnamed Astrakhan administration official, commenting on an unusual hostage situation at a local college

 

“It has a complicated biography.”

– Scientist Erik Galimov, on the mysterious origins of the Chelyabinsk meteorite, following an initial analysis of its fragments

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