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My Charter: Relevant for Your Monastery?

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Recently, a reader of my posts to the Russian-language BBC’s “Strana Russia,” warned me to lay off the satire about Russia, using a Russian proverb: “don’t take your own charter to another’s monastery.” [“Со своим уставом в чужой монастырь не ходят.”] What the reader was trying to convey was that no foreigner should never ever presume to write about Russia, and certainly never in a humorous or negative vein. Here’s my response.

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