The Kazan-based television station Efir24 recently aired a news broadcast about a man arrested for driving while heavily intoxicated. The man was so drunk that he nearly passed out while being interrogated by police officers. This is the dialogue between the officer and the driver captured on film:
Vital knowledge (on an instinctual level). / serg k
Whose car is this?
Did you steal it or something?
Who'd you steal it from?
And how much have you had to drink today?
You don't know anything, eh?
Well who's the president of the Russian Federation? Do you know?
Yes. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.
According to Efir24, this knowledge of Putin didn't help. The full 20-minute TV show episode (about car accidents) can be viewed here (in Russian).
A Princeton PhD, was a U.S. diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Central/Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. After leaving the State Department in order to express opposition to the planned invasion of Iraq, he taught courses at Georgetown University pertaining to the tension between propaganda and public diplomacy. For many years he shared ideas on the theme "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" with Eurasian/European delegates participating in the "Open World" program.
Brown’s articles have appeared in numerous publications. A recent piece is “Janus-Faced Public Diplomacy: Creel and Lippmann During the Great War” (published in Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future; now online).
He is the author (with S. Grant) of The Russian Empire and the USSR: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States (also online). In the past century, he served as an editor/translator of a joint U.S.-Soviet publication, The Establishment of Russian-American Relations, 1765-1815.