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Putin uses Kipling to refer to foreign-money-backed oppositionists

December 15, 2011, 16:35 UTC+3
"What we can say to them in such a case? Come up to me, the banderlog" he said
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MOSCOW, December 15 (Itar-Tass) — Premier Vladimir Putin, speaking in a live phone-in on Thursday referred to the foreign-money-backed opposition figures as "the banderlog".

"One must be respectful of all our citizens, even of those who have no perception of power in principle. However, there are people, who have a passport of the Russian Federation's citizen but act in the interests of foreign states and on foreign money. We shall seek to establish contact with them as well," Putin said. However, "this is often useless and impossible to do," he admitted.

"What we can say to them in such a case? Come up to me, the banderlog." the Premier said, recalling the tribe of monkey people that were hypnotized by the Rock Python Kaa from "Mowgli" by Rudyard Kipling.

"I like Kipling's stories since my childhood," Putin added with a smile.


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