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A Russian Colleague 

I just got an email from somebody who is a Russian-speaker and who works at my university. She suggests we meet for lunch, and I normally wouldn’t mind, but I always fear a Russian-speaker turning out to be a Putinoid. She refers to herself as a “Russian colleague”, which might be a bad sign. 

Should I go decked out in my Ukrainian patriot attire, just to make things clear from the start?

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13 thoughts on “A Russian Colleague 

  1. You could answer the email and end it with
    Slava Ukrainie! at the bottom and see if she finds a reason to cancel.

    Otherwise it might be a very short lunch….

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  2. Alex on said:

    Just wear this hat and see if she gets the irony.

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  3. You may also pretend that you are trying to enlist her as the “agent of the State Department”. Or do it for real. 🙂 🙂 Under any circumstances – do not forget to offer her some cookies.

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  4. Basya on said:

    Sorry, I meant to write ‘did NOT’

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  5. Basya on said:

    The fact that this person did try to meet me is a sure sign that this is a putinoid )))

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