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Buying back the rope they failed to hang us with. And then selling it again.

So to speak. This quote - 'The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them' is often attributed to Lenin, although I cannot find a scholarly reference.

Anyway, that came to mind seeing this tale in Pravda:

"The Russian tobacco market has been showing a curious trend recently. The cheapest and premium class cigarette brands currently enjoy the biggest demand in Russia. Many tobacco companies focus their efforts on the inexpensive segment and resume the production of Soviet brands...BAT Russia took account of the changing demand and launched two new brands – Capri slim cigarettes...and The Golden Fleece (Zolotoye Runo), - a legendary Soviet brand which the company relaunched in April. The cigarette brands with the Soviet past from another company, Nevo-Tabak, also managed to improve their sales. The sales of such brands as Arktika, Troika and Leningad improved considerably during the recent six months".

Gives me almost as much amusement as those wags who sport Che T-Shirts with the all important addition of this text - 'This T-Shirt brought to you by capitalism'

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Blogger James Higham said... 12:52 pm

It's such a huge market. When you go outside your house, every side of a footpath has grandmothers or whoever selling ciggies and semechki [seeds in a cone folded newspaper]. On street corners are ice cream vendors.

Now multiply this siutation by the population of Russia, male and female, over 15 and that's money, real money in cash.

So your post is not a surprise that it's happening.  



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