June 16, 2020

A Feather in Petersburg's Cap



A Feather in Petersburg's Cap
Just looking at this photo makes us feel smart. Alexander Savin, Wikimedia Commons

The Moscow-Petersburg rivalry gained a new chapter this week, thanks to the words of a city administrator.

While discussing developments in Russia's coronavirus response – especially the lifting of regulations and stay-at-home ordersSt. Petersburg Deputy Governor Yevgeny Yelin posited that St. Petersburg "has a more educated population." Thus, it could afford to avoid the stringent measures introduced in Moscow and open up at a more deliberate pace.

Yelin qualified his statement, saying that Petersburgers are not necessarily intrinsically "smarter," but rather "better prepared" and "more qualified." Plus, of course, coronavirus hit Moscow much earlier, and the capital has seen a much higher rate of infection.

We have no doubt that Peter the Great would be flattered.

 

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