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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 Germany’s takeover of countries when Prince Charles said something to the effect of “it’s 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 prince’s official office, declined to comment on the conversation, which it said was private.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov also declined to comment.





 


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Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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