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Prince Charles Said to Have Compared Putin to Hitler

Published: May 22, 2014 (Issue # 1811)



  • Prince Charles is said to have likened Putin to Hitler on a visit to Canada.
    Photo: Dan Marsh / Wikimedia Commons

MOSCOW A former Polish war refugee said Prince Charles likened President Vladimir Putin to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during a royal visit to Canada, British news reports said.

Prince Charles purportedly made the comment earlier this week while being shown around the Canadian immigration museum in Nova Scotia by museum volunteer Marienne Ferguson, who lost relatives during the Holocaust, The Daily Mail reported.

Ferguson, 78, said that they were discussing Nazi Germanys takeover of countries when Prince Charles said something to the effect of its not unlike...what Putin is doing, the BBC reported Wednesday. I must say that I agree with him and am sure a lot of people do Ferguson said, before describing the conversation as very heartfelt and honest, according to The Daily Mail.

Prince Charles comments can be seen as particularly unguarded, given that members of the royal family traditionally remain politically neutral.

The prince is due to meet Putin for D-Day anniversary celebrations in France next month, the BBC reported.

A spokesman for Clarence House, the princes official office, declined to comment on the conversation, which it said was private.

Putins spokesman Dmitry Peskov also declined to comment.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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