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The One With the Russian Rivalry

In Sports on May 16, 2011 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

On Sunday, the Czech ice hockey team took bronze medals at the Ice Hockey Championships in Bratislava. “We” defeated the Russian team 7-4. After the game, dozens of fans who watched the game in the Rondo Arena in Brno, having left the screening, were heard yelling the (stereo)typical obscenities addressed to Russians.

It is not surprising that many people in this country still have Russia issues. Save for minor exceptions, there was nothing positive about the Red Army’s presence and influence. The surprising thing is, however, that many of the fans who were heard yelling “Rusky kurvy” (Russian bitches) were no more than eighteen years old, meaning they cannot remember anything from the years of Communism or Warsaw Pact occupation. 

Present-day Russians are most associated with their strong presence in the spa town of Karlovy Vary, illegal labor (to be exact, this is rather the case of people from former Soviet republics) or organised crime – even though many of them are undoubtedly legitimate businesspersons and taxpayers.

But – for many people beating the Russians at anything is a small revenge for the period of 1968-1989.

Photo (c) Mlada fronta Dnes

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