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    If our country's choice is to be a Great Power, Russia will be the great power not because of the nuclear potential, not because of faith in God or president, or western investments but thanks to the labor of the nation, faith in Knowledge and Science and thanks to the maintenance and development of scientific potential and education.
    — Zhores Alferov
    The climatically inefficient and economically disastrous Kyoto Protocol, based on IPCC projections, was correctly defined by President George W. Bush as "fatally flawed". This criticism was recently followed by the President of Russia Vladimir V. Putin. I hope that their rational views might save the world from enormous damage that could be induced by implementing recommendations based on distorted science.
    — Zbigniew Jaworowski
    tags: criticism  world  hope  russia 
     
    Russia can be either an empire or a democracy, but it cannot be both. . . . Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire, but with Ukraine suborned and then subordinated, Russia automatically becomes an empire.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: democracy  russia 
     
    With its declining population, with people moving out of the Far East, with an enormously powerful China in the east, I think the real destiny of Russia is to become closer to the West.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: people  powerful  real  russia 
     
    Russia's only real geostrategic option - the option that would give Russia a realistic international role and also maximize the opportunity of transforming and socially modernizing itself - is Europe.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: existence  help  space  russia 
     
    The key point to bear in mind is that Russia cannot be in Europe without Ukraine also being in Europe, whereas Ukraine can be in Europe without Russia being in Europe.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: key  mind  russia 
     
    However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    In the longer run, I happen to think that Russia really has no choice but to become gradually more associated with the Euro-Atlantic community. Because if it isn't, then it's going to find itself essentially facing China all by itself, facing the Euro-Atlantic community all by itself.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: choice  community  russia 
     
    But if Russia is to be part of this larger zone of peace it cannot bring into it its imperial baggage. It cannot bring into it a policy of genocide against the Chechens, and cannot kill journalists, and it cannot repress the mass media.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: peace  media  russia 
     
    Without Ukraine, Russia's imperial aspirations are essentially nostalgia, but it's not a real policy.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: nostalgia  real  russia 
     
    I can't believe that the Russians really think they're more insecure because Estonia is in NATO. And we don't have forces poised in Estonia to attack Russia.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: believe  russia 
     
    There is crisis in Europe, where Russia is the principle intriguer and player, which affects a major source of international business and flow of capital.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: business  russia 
     
    The Eastern Europeans invested too many of their hopes in the notion that somehow or other the missile shield, even if directed at Iran, would reinforce their security links with the U.S. vis-à-vis Russia.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: hope  russia 
     
    I think if NATO haven't expanded, we would have a no-man's zone between the E.U. and NATO and Russia, and that would be very dangerous.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: russia  dangerous 
     
    I happen to think that as the Ukraine moves to the West, towards the E.U., eventually towards NATO, it will pave the way also for Russia moving towards the West. Because it will become a logical extension of the same process, and it will eliminate any imperial ambitions.
    — Zbigniew Brzezinski
    tags: ambition  process  russia 
     
    The U.S. along with China, Japan, South Korea and Russia has an important role to play in containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions and exerting all the influence we can possibly exert.
    — Zach Wamp
    I have invested in four social networks. More than any other. But that's in Russia and Poland.
    — Yuri Milner
    tags: russia 
     
    Russia is one of the places where significant presence of social networks are driven by domestic players right now.
    — Yuri Milner
    tags: right  russia 
     
    In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
    — Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    tags: enemies  believe  enemy  poet  russia 
     
    I am a feminist and an advocate for women's right to self-determination. I want a society in which women can voice their political views. We have shown that girls like us can perform courageous acts. By doing so, we are breaking up the prevailing image of women in Russia. We are not the weak sex. We don't always just sit at home, cook and take care of the kids.
    — Yekaterina Samutsevich
    tags: women  society  girls  right  care  sex  political  kids  russia 
     
    We are a Russian group and we want to change the situation in Russia. We criticize our own government and it would be strange if we did that from abroad. We don't need performances in the West to put Putin's regime under pressure. The punishments against us have shown us that we succeeded.
    — Yekaterina Samutsevich
    In America, your job determines your marks. In Soviet Russia, Marx determine your job!
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: job  america  russia 
     
    Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men. There is a three year waiting list.
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    In America, you assassinate president. In Soviet Russia, president assassinate you!
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: america  russia 
     
    Many people are surprised to hear that we have comedians in Russia, but they are there. They are dead, but they are there.
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: people  russia 
     
    In America, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, The Party can always find you!
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: america  russia 
     
    In Russia we only had two TV channels. Channel One was propaganda. Channel Two consisted of a KGB officer telling you: Turn back at once to Channel One.
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: russia 
     
    In America, you break law. In Soviet Russia, law breaks you! In America, you watch Big Brother. In Soviet Russia, Big Brother watch you!
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: law  america  russia 
     
    In every country, they make fun of city. In U.S. you make fun of Cleveland. In Russia, we make fun of Cleveland.
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: fun  russia 
     
    I was a comedian in Russia, and I worked on the cruise ships there. I met a lot of Americans, and they were laughing even though I didn't speak their language.
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    In Soviet Russia, party always finds you!
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: russia 
     
    In America, you drive car. In Soviet Russia, car drive you!
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: america  russia 
     
    In Russia, if a male athelete loses he becomes a female athelete.
    — Yakov Smirnoff
    tags: russia 
     
    If Russia is prepared to run the risk of cutting off supplies to its neighbors if they have a disagreement, how reliable are they as a supplier? You have to ask the question.
    — William Ramsay
    tags: risk  questions  russia 
     
    I love India, Russia and touring has made me many friends abroad.
    — will.i.am
    tags: friends  india  russia 
     
    The elimination of individual capitalists and the replacement of private capitalism by state capitalism in Russia has not in the least altered the typical helpless and authoritarian character structure of the masses of people.
    — Wilhelm Reich
    The music I like to play is Rock 'N Roll. I like to rock like a wild animal. I like to rock it well enough to whip a yak's ass. I love to rock it good on a horse's ass. I like to rock it real hard. I love to rock it all the way to Russia. I like to kick out the Jazz and kick it out all the way.
    — Wesley Willis
    tags: animals  wild  real  music  russia 
     
    As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline.
    — Wentworth Miller
    tags: men  past  gay  russia 
     
    China and other members should join efforts to combat serious infectious disease, such as bird flu. To enhance the cooperation on the prevention of bird flu is an important target of the organization, which includes Russia, China and four Central Asian states.
    — Wen Jiabao
    tags: russia 
     
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