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Monday, October 03, 2005


A delegation of US Congressmen came to visit Leningrad once. They were being met by the First Secretary of the Leningrad Region Communist Party, Tolstikov. And so the exchange of views began. One of the Congressmen in passing asked Tolstikov: ‘And what are the mortality rates for Leningrad?’ Tolstikov replied assuredly and sharply: ‘In Leningrad there is no mortality rate!’

(Sergei Dovlatov, Notebooks)

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