13 quotes for 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, we invite our readers to take a look back at some of Russia’s top newsmakers through their comments on the year’s most newsworthy events.
Gay rights and Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law
“Berlusconi is denounced for living with women. If he were a homosexual, they wouldn’t say a word to him.”
Source: AFP / East News
“I am opposed to this controversy and against what is happening. If politicians or any other people who have no relationship to sports want to use us in this boycott, I'm against it."
Security leaks and Greenpeace
“I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as these states accede to law and my legal travel is permitted.”
“Concerns about the environment cannot justify illegal acts, however high the motives of the people taking part in various actions.”
“At some point I felt a certain closeness to [Rasputin]. Both of my grandmothers were clairvoyants and hypnotists.”
“It was hard to find a Gulag to visit. I did find one in the Sakha Republic, a little bit west from Oymyakon and it was the most terrible thing I’ve ever seen, but in the same time very fascinating because nothing changed, it was like frozen in time.”
Source: Press Photo
Politics at home and abroad
“The quiet and harmonious work of the UN as a major platform for dialogue is a long-term vaccination against the virus of anarchy in international relations.”
"I thank all for support and I will do all I can to justify your hopes. I am sure our party will be registered and win voters' support."
"Participation in the nationalist march is unacceptable! If you are considering whether to go there or not, don't go!"
Source: Vostock Photo
“I have said consistently that, where the interests of the United States and Russia converge, we need to work together.”
Women in the news
"Our marriage is over because we barely see each other."
Source: Vostock Photo
“I want to say to women who have autistic children, that they should not be afraid.”
Source: Legion Media
“What can I say? I believe many people just understand the whole situation. Thanks for your support.”