Не так давно изучая отличную заметку
в газете eXile
поражался недюжинному литературному дарованию некой Лёли Андросовой.
Потом Лёлиными талантами изумлялась редакция газеты.
В ходе беседы с Лёлей выяснилось:
Now you can add Lyolya Androsova of the eXile to that prestigious list. That's right, folks. Clever as we are, we done been had, bamboozled, thrown for a loop. Letters from Russian readers started pouring in over the past week exposing the fact that Androsova's feature article in the last issue, "How To Survive The Russian Army," was directly stolen from a story by the Russian satirist Dmitry Puchkov, who writes under the name "Goblin" (see letters below).
The eXile editors had asked Androsova to write an article based on a collection of true-hazing stories in the Russian Army. When she submitted this before the last issue, one of the eXile editors, feeling a bit suspicious, asked her if the letters in it were real. She said that they were. We believed her. (Incidentally, we also believed her when she told us she was on the pill, and now she's 7 months pregnant with one of the eXile editor's children -- but that's another story.)
When we heard from our Russian readers that in fact the whole article was plagiarized, we confronted Androsova.
Her answer: "I was just doing to the eXile what we Russians do to all of you stupid foreigners here: fucking you in the ass. I thought you guys understood that. You're the ones who are supposed to know the 'Real Russia.'"
When we bitterly complained that we trusted her, she got annoyed. "The only reason why we tolerate you Americans here in Russia is so that we can rip you off. It's my right. And every time we rip you off, no matter how much you complain, you keep coming back for more. Because America sucks compared to Russia, and you guys know it. So stop bothering me and look at this as a social tax."
H'm, guess that means no apology from Lyola. My, but aren't the dyevushki just so sweet and vulnerable!
В тексте особенно порадовал Russian satirist Dmitry Puchkov
Вот уж никогда бы не подумал.
В общем, в итоге постановили:
Since we're stuck with the problem, the eXile would hereby like to offer our sincere apologies to author Dmitry Puchkov. Drinks are on us if you should ever want to claim them.
Только я не понял: где будут наливать?