„The best thing we can do if we want the Russians to let us be Americans is to let the Russians be Russian.“

—  George Kennan, As quoted in US-Soviet Relations : The First 50 Years WNET TV {17 April 1984)
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„We know the Russian methods exactly. I haven't the faintest intention of being taken prisoner by the Russians.“

—  Heinrich Müller German police official and head of the Gestapo 1900 - 1945
April 29, 1945. Quoted in "U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis" - Page 150 - by Richard Breitman, Norman J. W. Goda, Timothy Naftali, Robert Wolfe - History - 2005

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„Television is something the Russians invented to destroy American education.“

—  Paul Erdős Hungarian mathematician and freelancer 1913 - 1996
As quoted in Comic Sections : The Book of Mathematical Jokes, Humour, Wit, and Wisdom (1993) by Des MacHale

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„We might have a quick word with each other but that is natural as we both speak Russian. Maybe I shouldn't speak Russian!“

—  Andriy Shevchenko Ukrainian association football player 1976
About his friend Roman Abramovich.http://news2.thdo.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/funny_old_game/6275535.stm

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„The Russian colossus... has been underestimated by us... whenever a dozen divisions are destroyed the Russians replace them with another dozen.“

—  Franz Halder German general 1884 - 1972
August 1941, from "The World at War" - Page 129 - by Mark Arnold-Forster - World War, 1939-1945 - 1981

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„On the purpose of NATO: "To keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down."“

—  Hastings Ismay Army officer 1887 - 1965
Presumably while Secretary General of NATO (1952-1957). See Nye, Joseph. The Paradox of American Power. London: Oxford University Press, 2002. p. 33

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„Those Russians. They did worse things when they entered Pomerania than we ever did in Russia.“

—  Walther Funk German economist and politician 1890 - 1960
To Leon Goldensohn, May 11, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004

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„There was an attack on our citizens in South Ossetia since most people had a Russian passport and thus Russian citizenship.“

—  Sergey Lavrov Russian politician and Foreign Minister 1950
Talking about the Georgian War(2008), he also adds that Georgia also attacked Russian peacekeepers who were located there http://www.georgiatimes.info/en/news/64480.html

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„Preparing for my address I found in an old Russian encyclopedia a definition of "peace" as a "commune" — the traditional cell of Russian peasant life.“

—  Mikhail Gorbachev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1931
Context: Preparing for my address I found in an old Russian encyclopedia a definition of "peace" as a "commune" — the traditional cell of Russian peasant life. I saw in that definition the people's profound understanding of peace as harmony, concord, mutual help, and cooperation. This understanding is embodied in the canons of world religions and in the works of philosophers from antiquity to our time.