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“The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.” ― Otto von Bismarck

Russian may seem narrow-minded, impudent, or even stupid people, but one can only pray for those who are against them. - Winston Churchill

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest. - Winston Churchill

One of the hallmarks of a great nation is its ability to rise to his feet after a fall. No matter how hard it was humiliating, but breaks through the appointed hour, he will collect his confused moral strength, and embody them in one great man or a few great people who bring him on and he abandoned temporarily direct the historical way.  - V. Klyuchevsky

The Russian state has the advantage over the other, that it is controlled directly by God, otherwise it is impossible to understand how it exists. - Christopher Munnich

Do not expect that once taking advantage of Russia's weakness, you will receive dividends forever. Russian has always come for their money. And when they come - do not rely on an agreement signed by you, you are supposed to justify. They are not worth the paper it is written. Therefore, with the Russian is to play fair, or do not play.  - Otto von Bismarck

Even the most favorable outcome of the war will never lead to the decomposition of the main forces of Russia, which is based on millions of Russian ... The latter, even if they break up international treaties, just as quickly re-connect with each other, like pieces of a particle of mercury ... - Otto von Bismarck

Our land is great and rich, but there is no the order in it. - Ambassadors of the Slavic tribes - the Vikings to 862

In Russia there are no roads - only areas. - Napoleon I.

Denial of Russia in the name of humanity it is - robbing humanity  - Nikolai Berdyaev

Never fight with Russian. On your every stratagem they answer unpredictable stupidity. - Otto von Bismarck

Russia - it may lose, but you can not win! - Valentin Pikul

Russian talk of political evil is as natural as eating ...  - Joseph Brodsky

God divided the world into two halves: on Russia and abroad. - Stas Jankowski

I love my homeland, but hate the government! - Alexander Rosenbaum

We are inclined to overemphasize the material influences in history. The Russians especially make this mistake. Intellectual values and ethnic influences, tradition and emotional factors are equally important. If this were not the case, Europe would today be a federated state, not a madhouse of nationalism. Albert Einstein, "What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck", The Saturday Evening Post (26 October 1929)

Russian leaders and regular citizens have felt increasingly insecure... They have a sense that Russia is under siege from without and has been robbed of its rightful status as a world power... Max Fisher

Russia can have at its borders only enemies or vassals. George F. Kennan, as quoted in World Affairs Journal (4 March 2014).

Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. Angela Merkel, as quoted in "The Quiet German" (1 December 2014), by George Paker, The New Yorker.

In my opinion, nothing has contributed so much to the corruption of the original idea of socialism as the belief that Russia is a socialist country and that every act of its rulers must be excused, if not imitated. George Orwell, in Preface to the Ukranian edition of Animal Farm, as published in The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell : As I please, 1943-1945 (1968).

Russia is not corrupt. Corruption is what happens in all countries when businessmen offer officials large bribes for favors. Today’s Russia is unique. The businessmen, the politicians, and the bureaucrats are the same people. They have privatized the country’s wealth and taken control of its financial flows. -- Andrei Pionkovsky, Another Look Into Putin's Soul.

“Умом Россию не понять,
Аршином общим не измерить.
У ней особенная стать,
В Россию можно только верить!
Fyodor Tyutchev, Russian poet, 1803–1873
You will not grasp her with your mind
Or cover with a common label,
For Russia is one of a kind —
Believe in her, if you are able...
translated by Anatoly Liberman, published in "Russian Life in the United States”
Fyodor Tyutchev Anatoly Liberman

“So when Putin goes out to buy a Coke, thirty seconds later it is known in Washington DC.”
― Julian Assange, Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet

“Although China may be able to change the major power structure in the next ten years, it will be unable to shift the world from unipolarity to bipolarity unless it forms a formal alliance with Russia.”
― Wang Yizhou

A few months ago, when you were asked whats the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia. Barack  Obama about Mitt Romney  position on Russia. October 22nd, 2012

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