«Gegengabe» in Paremiology, Folklore, Language, and Literature – Honoring Wolfgang Mieder on His Seventieth Birthday
Edited By Christian Grandl and Kevin J. McKenna
Rudyard Kipling and Russian Presidential Elections
In 2012, a similar event took place in two vastly different countries: Russia and United States. The event was the presidential elections. Russia chose its new former president in March, the United States – in November. But even though the event and even the procedure, on the surface, look very similar, the substance of the two elections has very little in common. In fact, to say that the elections are different would be an understatement. To prove this, it is enough to mention that the results of the Russian elections were obvious long before the day of the voting, while the results of the American elections were unpredictable till November 6.
Among the numerous peculiarities of the Russian elections campaign there is one that is of special interest to linguists: the choice of quotations used by the candidates in their speeches at rallies, press-conferences, debates, etc. If American candidates typically quote the Bible, the US Constitution, and former presidents (most popular being Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and John Kennedy), their Russian counterparts like to quote Russian classics – Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Ivan Krylov. The choice of quotations reveals the strategy used by the candidates in persuading voters to do what the candidates need them to do – vote for them. The same traditional choices were mostly used during the latest elections, too; however, an interesting exception to this rule was made by the Russian candidate number one – Vladimir Putin.1
Putin did not...
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