Tuesday, July 28, 2009

One way infection

Pointing to Rospotrebnadzor, which it sardonically characterizes as "the new federal Russian law enforcement agency that combines the functions of customs service, border control and interior ministry" (the agency has existed since 2004), an editorial in ej.ru notes that its director has issued a sternly worded instruction that because of the swine flu epidemic in the U.K., groups of schoolchildren and others intent upon visiting Britain for the purpose of improving their skills in the English language will not be permitted to travel there during the month of August. Yet there is no similar restriction on British tourists visiting Russia. The editorial wonders why...

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