Putin spoke the comment in Russian and then the translator did his job. The
clip is on YouTube at --
But what is fascinating to me is that Putin referenced Twain. Maybe
someday some future Russian Twain scholar will examine any Twain books in
Lenin's former library or the Kremlin for marginalia.
On Sat, Jun 18, 2022 at 6:28 PM <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Nobody seems to be able to quote Twain accurately these days. Not war
> criminals, not prominent magazines with paid fact-checkers . . .
> For a good chuckle, take a look at Fortune Magazine where they take
> Putin to task for misquoting Twain about the false report of his death.
> Fortune "corrects" Putin by quoting Paine, which is always risky. They
> should have gone to Barb Schmidt's website, twainquotes.com, where the
> quote is accurately presented--in Twain's own handwriting.
> Yes, there are several versions of the quote if you look at different
> newspapers and read different accounts, but I'm going to go with what
> Twain himself wrote down.
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