Более того, полет дал ему возможность привести следующий "диалог с варваром":
The man sitting next to me -- Sergei, I'll call him -- was also drunk, and he decided to engage me in a discussion on geopolitics. He said he was a graduate of MEPhI, an elite technical university in Moscow, and that he made millions in software design. Sergei was, theoretically, the sort of Russian who might be expected to be critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he was not [quelle horreour!]. He was thrilled that Russia had seized Crimea, if only because in doing so, it had extended a big middle finger to the West. Sure, the United States was stronger tan Russia, but it was stretched thin. And Russia was unpredictable, which gave it an advantage.
"Oh, we'll lose," Sergei said, "like we always lose. But what a lot of laughs there'll be along the way!"
We landed soon after that, but conversation stuck with me. I kept thinking -- I kept thinking -- [два раза, так в тексте. Видимо думать это такая активность которую требуется подчеркнуть] What, exactly, is wrong with Russia?
[..Stalin-Beriya-GULAG и две книги бессмысленных славистов skipped..]
The drunk, jingoistic computer programmer I sat next to on that Aeroflot flight is certainly one face of the new Russia. [но есть и другое лицо, болотный протест итд, и все может поменяться быстро, вот приедет Ленин в пломбированном вагоне и покажет этим русским -- буквально так]
Одно интересует меня, был ли это Обогуев?