Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Yes We Can

While Russian leaders made themselves look churlish with their explicitly anti-American statements following the election of Barack Obama, in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, his victory was greeted with praise and even satisfaction.

In a statement, Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev said that in the United States there was an unshakeable, stable functioning of democratic institutions.

But there is another reason why Obama’s victory is so close to Tatar hearts. A few years ago President Shaimiev introduced a new slogan, intended to promote Tatarstan as a model of political and economic development in the Russian Federation.

“Bez buldirabiz,” which in Tatar means “Yes, We can!”

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