Kremlin Soft on Guinea Pig Issue

December 8, 2009 at 1:40 am Leave a comment

“Nyet”

It’s the most common word in the Russian language according to my Siberian Husky sources.

“Can I have some vodka with dinner?” Nyet!

“Can I pee on the gulag’s fence post?” Nyet!

“Should I start a protracted war in Russia during the Winter?” Nyet!

It’s all nyet, all the time with these guys, but come to find out it’s not just directed at canines. Here’s the story on the latest victim…a 13 year old girl.

A 13-year-old girl has felt the wrath of the Kremlin for having the audacity to ask the Russian president for a new pet. Nastya Ivliyeva wrote to Dmitry Medvedev’s website asking for a guinea pig to go with her existing one.

As soon as local officials found out about the request they went to the girl’s school where she was called to the headmaster’s office and ticked off so badly that she burst into tears.

They then summoned Nastya’s parents to condemn them for bringing up a brazen child who would waste the president’s time on such trifling matters. Nastya was even forced to write a letter retracting her request.

This brings to mind the line “Nyet Soup For You!” from the Russian comedy show Seinfeldovsky. Voted #1 show by comrades with a sense of humor.

But attitudes shifted when her parents complained to the president about the officials’ behaviour and a newspaper publicised the plight of the girl from Kalitvensky in southern Russia.

The next day, officials called again – but this time to hand over two guinea pigs and a cage.

Asked if he liked guinea pigs, President Medvedev said, “Da, especially with vodka.”

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