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A Polish Reporter's Notes On A Rude And Brutal Russia

Russia's own Academy of Sciences has declared the country the European leader in aggressive and loathsome behavior. And if you doubt it, just consider the grim statistics.

"Brutality spreads across all areas of life,” the Russian Academy of Sciences claims in its survey
"Brutality spreads across all areas of life,” the Russian Academy of Sciences claims in its survey
Waclaw Radziwinowicz

MOSCOW — The Russian Academy of Sciences recently dropped a bombshell: “Comparative studies show that in terms of aggression, roughness and hatefulness, we are the leading nation, at least in Europe,” it announced.

The survey made the headlines after being published by the pro-government Russkaja Gazeta. In fact, my two-hour-long interview with the vice director of the Academy was interrupted by phone calls from more than 20 different media outlets.

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