Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Dostoyevskiy Style

Some people say that Russians in Dostoyevskiy novels are unrealistic. People don't burn millions of rubles just because they are angry. Oleg Liakhovich from "Moscow News" collects news you can afford to miss. This one is very interesting.

Russian Pensioner Burns 20 Kilos of Cash in Revenge
A pensioner from the city of Pyati-gorsk in southwestern Russia has burnt down the apartment of his common law wife, where he used to keep about three million rubles (at least $100,000). During their 15 years together, the man led an anti-social existence, drinking heavily and picking the garbage for food. He managed, however, to put away his tiny pension (an average monthly pension in Russia amounts to less than $100) since the 1970s, accumulating the hefty sum of about $100,000.
But a recent quarrel made him decide to destroy the stash to get back at his lover, who never even knew about the money. A spokesman for the local police unit told journalists that fire-fighters collected at least 20 kilos of scraps of 100-dollar and 1,000-ruble notes at the burnt apartment.

8 comments:

gary said...

Wow, that's a lot of money to blow all at once.

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