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    Famous Communist Expressions

    I want to know how to say famous communist expressions in Russian.

    For example:

    “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.”

    “The capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them with.”

    “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”

    PLEASE ADD OTHER WELL-KNOWN EXPRESSIONS AS WELL

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by thelaxu
    I want to know how to say famous communist expressions in Russian.

    For example:

    “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.”
    Они претворяются что платят нам, а мы претворяемся, что работаем за те деньги, которые они нам платят (с) folk

    “The capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them with.”
    Капиталисты сами продадут нам веревку, на которой мы их повесим (с) Ленин

    “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”
    Но, видно, всегда так бывает: смерть одного человека — это смерть, а смерть двух миллионов — только статистика (с) Ремарк

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by BappaBa
    Они притворяются, что платят нам, а мы притворяемся, что работаем за те деньги, которые они нам платят (с) folk
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by thelaxu
    PLEASE ADD OTHER WELL-KNOWN EXPRESSIONS AS WELL
    Важнейшим из искусств для нас является кино, по крайней мере до тех пор, пока основные массы населения остаются безграмотными. (с) Ленин

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by BappaBa
    Важнейшим из искусств для нас является кино, по крайней мере до тех пор, пока основные массы населения остаются безграмотными. (с) Ленин
    На самом деле там было "кино и цирк".
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    На самом деле там было "кино и цирк".
    Про цирк, кажется, байки.
    Оль, а правда, что в Питере перед Адмиралтейством стоит памятник Пржевальскому, и он там очень похож на Сталина?

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by BappaBa
    Оль, а правда, что в Питере перед Адмиралтейством стоит памятник Пржевальскому, и он там очень похож на Сталина?
    Я Питер плохо знаю. Я даже на карте Адмиралтейство могу не найти.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by BappaBa
    Quote Originally Posted by thelaxu
    PLEASE ADD OTHER WELL-KNOWN EXPRESSIONS AS WELL
    Важнейшим из искусств для нас является кино, по крайней мере до тех пор, пока основные массы населения остаются безграмотными. (с) Ленин
    а по-английски это что значит?

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by kamka
    Quote Originally Posted by BappaBa
    Quote Originally Posted by thelaxu
    PLEASE ADD OTHER WELL-KNOWN EXPRESSIONS AS WELL
    Важнейшим из искусств для нас является кино, по крайней мере до тех пор, пока основные массы населения остаются безграмотными. (с) Ленин
    а по-английски это что значит?
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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by BappaBa
    Важнейшим из искусств для нас является кино...
    , вино и домино!
    Please, correct my mistakes, except for the cases I misspell something on purpose!

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    План по валу, вал по плану.
    Plan in gross, gross according to plan.

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    The cosmonouts could not see any signs of God in space"
    ---Gagarin (???)

    Not sure exactly who said this, or why, but it was quoted in one of my school books and it seemed like a very smart observation to me as a child... In reality of course, this proves nothing.

    But reading this comment from cosmonouts who I admired ruined my Christian faith for many years!!

    Also in response to the first post:

    Honestly! Where do you get your information?
    I find it very hard to believe that any USSR citizens were saying things like:

    “The capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them with.”
    “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”


    That's ridiculous! Anybody who makes comments like this deserves to become a "statistic" himself...
    I think it's much more likely that this is something that was made up in the media of other countries.
    If you are going to learn Russian I think you should drop ideas like this and stop believing in everything that you read about Russia in the papers in your country. Leave it to the Russians and other ex-USSR countries to judge the USSR...

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Stalin said “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”
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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Мы на горе всем буржуям
    Мировой пожар раздуем,
    Мировой пожар в крови -
    Господи, благослави.
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    Правда, Блок не был коммунистом

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Johanna
    Also in response to the first post:
    I find it very hard to believe that any USSR citizens were saying things like:

    “The capitalists will sell us the rope we will hang them with.”
    “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”
    But this is true. The first phrase is by Vladimir Ulianov (Lenin), although he was a USSR citizen less then two years.(USSR was formed in 1922 and Lenin died in 1924). And it is believed that the second one belongs to Joseph Jugashvilly (Stalin), but of course one couldn't find it in his oficial monographs, published in USSR and in the Soviet press because of it's terrible cynicism. It became wide known much later after his death from witness' memoirs. But these two guys were really couple of monsters. One betrayed his country for the enemy in WW1 for his maniacal communist ideas and another was a Georgian bandit (he robbed banks in his youth), who accidentally came to power...
    Please, correct my mistakes, except for the cases I misspell something on purpose!

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    Re: Famous Communist Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Иван из космоса
    Stalin said “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”
    Nah, this quotation was originated from the novel "Der schwarze Obelisk" by Erich Maria Remarque (1956): "Aber das ist wohl so, weil ein einzelner immer der Tod ist - und zwei Millionen immer nur eine Statistik."

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