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Remove 'Penguin Publishing' Anti-Russian posters promoting hatred between the nations

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A set of posters have been placed in London Underground by Penguin Random House, which read: 

"Aristocracy, liberalism, progress, principles.. Useless words! A Russian doesn't need them!" 

Penguin Random House took a quote from the novel "Fathers and Sons" by Ivan Turgenev and disgracefully twisted the original meaning of it. The original quote is:

"Aristocracy, liberalism, progress, principles ... what a lot of foreign ... and useless words. A Russian would not want them as a gift"

Penguin Random House has intentionally cited the quote to take a true meaning out of context and have intentionally chosen NOT to include the author and the name of the book on their poster. 

It is an absolute disgrace that a publishing house is resorting to such low, cheap propaganda, based on ethnic hatred between the nations. There is no other reason you have cited this quote in such a manner but to use this as a marketing tool to promote your company. It is shameful that after bringing this honourable UK company to US your publishing house is resorting to these nasty tricks of adding a shock value to your advertisement, even when your message clearly provokes anger and ethnic hatred. 

We demand to remove all the posters and mentioning of this "quote" from public places and demand an official apology for those who have been appalled by this advertisement!

 



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