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Can Condoleezza Rice speak Russian? Is Condoleezza Rice a Russian expert? Yes! No, no, no, no, no, no, no!
How did Condy get appointed as Secretary of State and labelled a Russian expert? Could it be that she told President Bush that she was an expert in rushin` around and he made her his "Rushin` expert"? Asked whether she would run for President at the next election on Ekho Moskvy Radio programme, Condoleezza Rice answered Da! Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! Not bad for someone who is quoted frequently by the Western press as being a fluent Russian speaker and a Russian expert,.
She had already made a fool of herself on Tuesday, when she declared that the Kremlin`s grip on the media is "very worrying." The question is, what grip? As correspondent of the English version of Pravda.Ru, director and chief editor of the Portuguese version and collaborator for three other Russian publications, I have frequently asked for guidelines from the Kremlin on what line to follow. The answer: "We are afraid we cannot give you any guidelines as you request. You will have to write the truth, after checking your sources, obviously".
Did Rice come to Moscow as a diplomat? Yes? No, no, no, no, no, no, no! She did not behave like a diplomat. As usual, she behaved with extreme arrogance and intrusiveness, declaring in advance that she was against the centralization of power by the Kremlin.
While Condoleezza Rice stated that her comments were made in friendship, it is easy to say that after having been insulting and an extremely rude guest. It is like being invited to someone`s dinner party, insulting the chef, spitting on the floor, breaking wind loudly and then apologising. Hardly the behaviour required of a lady.