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    Is this really genuine..."In the USSR we don't have sex"

    I was told a story that this was said after the fall of the Soviet Union during a cultural exchange type of thing.
    Is this the case and if so, does anybody know where I get the exact quote? у нас нет секса is not exactly
    googling well...

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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Yes and no. I've definitely watched that show, but I was a kid of 8 or 7 back then, so my recollections of the details are vague and (EDIT: may or may not be) based on later second-hand retelling.

    [An American] (Asks something about sex&violence on TV.)
    [Russian girl] There's no sex in the USSR!
    // laughter.
    [Russian girl] ... In TV shows, I meant... (blush)

    But the line was wa-a-a-ay too good as it was, so the latter part had been dropped.
    Oh, and the exact quote was "В СССР секса нет! ... на телевидении..."

    The show was called "Telebridge" or something like that the host was Vladimir Pozner.
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    As I recollect that show, I somehow remember the question was: "How's the sex in the Soviet Union?", and a Russian lady answered: "There's no sex in the Soviet Union, there's love."

    But that was long time ago, so I'm not a reliable source for that matter.

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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Russian Wikipedia has the article on the subject.

    http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%92_%D0 ... 0%B5%D1%82

    So my recollections were right... Then again, it's Wikipedia, the thing might still be an urban legend... But I'm sure it isn't.
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    And there it is!!

    В общем, начался телемост, и одна американка говорит: да вы из-за войны в Афганистане вообще должны перестать заниматься сексом с вашими мужчинами — тогда они не пойдут воевать. И пальцем всё время тычет. Я ей и ответила: в СССР секса нет, а есть любовь.
    However, I don't recollect that being said in relation to Afghanistan.

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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Yes, but Pozner himself gives my version. (Or I'm giving his. As I said, I have no exact recollection, and the details in my post might be hearsay.) Besides, both have a reason to invent some excuse for the utterance in question, so strong one, in fact, that they themselves might believe it...

    Everybody remembers only the funny (or embarrassing, depending on your point of view) part. If only someone had a tape of the show... This is nearly criminal. Tens of millions of people saw it live, and no one can agree what happened, including the participants! How could it be?

    Anyway, either version makes sense in the context.
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Quote Originally Posted by ac220
    If only someone had a tape of the show... This is nearly criminal. Tens of millions of people saw it live, and no one can agree what happened, including the participants! How could it be?
    Maybe Parfenov in his TV series for the year '86 might mention that and show the footage?

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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Quote Originally Posted by Crocodile
    Quote Originally Posted by ac220
    If only someone had a tape of the show... This is nearly criminal. Tens of millions of people saw it live, and no one can agree what happened, including the participants! How could it be?
    Maybe Parfenov in his TV series for the year '86 might mention that and show the footage?
    I'm not sure what you're talking about. I'm one of those freaks who don't watch TV. (since I was 14, I watched... Err... CNN (?) broadcast on 9/11, a few documentaries on the topics that interest me deeply, and New Year Eve programming. That one because everybody else did. ) I do also watch DVDs and some online 'casts but that's not the same thing.

    Before that I was a veritable TV addict though, so I know how to switch the thing on at least.
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Quote Originally Posted by ac220
    I'm not sure what you're talking about.
    About this: http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9D%...B4%D0%BD%D0%B8

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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    I don't remember the question. The woman answered "There is no sex in th USSR", after that Posner took the microphone hastily and said "This is mistake". So the woman had no chance to clarify her answer.

    It's worth to said that the word "sex" had strong negative connotation then. It is somewhat similar to the question "How are n#ggers in the USA?" The meaning would be quite different for Soviet and American people. I think she just misunderstood the question.
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Quote Originally Posted by Crocodile
    Quote Originally Posted by ac220
    I'm not sure what you're talking about.
    About this: http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9D%...B4%D0%BD%D0%B8
    Definitely worth looking at...
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Quote Originally Posted by Полуношник
    It is somewhat similar to the question "How are n#ggers in the USA?" The meaning would be quite different for Soviet and American people. I think she just misunderstood the question.
    Yes, it meant roughly "porn" or "perversion" in colloquial or even journalistic usage, that was definitely major part of it, and yes, your analogy is right on. Close-to-Western usage of "sex" wasn't adopted until late 90's or so... Still everybody, even 7-year olds knew what the word was supposed to mean, and blandly denying the existence of the phenomenon was... well...
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    When I saw this topic, the first thing that rang the bell was the quote from "Deja vu" movie when main character (american gangster) was asked about entertaiments he prefer and his answer was: "Sex, boxing & jazz", he immediatly got responce: "We don't have sex here".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkX6v-vF0II
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Quote Originally Posted by Полуношник
    I don't remember the question. The woman answered "There is no sex in th USSR", after that Posner took the microphone hastily and said "This is mistake". So the woman had no chance to clarify her answer.
    And here goes yet third account. Half the kingdom for a tape!

    And THE FOURTH!

    "No sex in the USSR, or Rashomon in the Rue Morgue"
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Из филма Дежа Вю:
    Что вас больше всего интересует в жизни, товарищ американец?
    - Джаз, бокс и секс.
    - Секса у нас нет, джаза тоже.

    Here's a line from the Soviet movie Deja Vu:
    Russian - What are you most interested in comrade American?
    American - Jazz, boxing and sex
    Russian - We don't have sex, jazz neither.

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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Funny story!

    It's unbelievable that they would ask ask a question like that on live TV in the Soviet Union....

    Talk about culture clash!

    The best answer would have been "None of your business!" or "Better than you can imagine in your wildest dreams...."

    @ac220 - same here. I only watch TV if somebody else that I'm with wants to watch.

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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    Basil77, you stole my thunder!
    :P
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Quote Originally Posted by Johanna
    Funny story!

    It's unbelievable that they would ask ask a question like that on live TV in the Soviet Union....
    It was live and largerly unscripted, or so it seemed. Anything can happen in such a show

    Watching the relevant episode of "Namedni" now.

    And good to know I'm not alone
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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    At that time in the USSR the word "sex" had only one meaning - "to f@ck" (бл@дство in Russian).
    The Soviet people saw many American films in which a guy meets a girl, they drink, and in a minute... they already in the bed. This simplicity was called "sex" in the USSR.

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    Re: Is this really genuine..."In Russia, we don't have sex"

    Quote Originally Posted by BappaBa
    At that time in the USSR the word "sex" had only one meaning - "to f@ck".
    Erm... But isn't that what it really means? I mean, 'sex' not a synonym for 'love', at least in Russian.
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