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You might have missed these anti-Putin lines in 'Fargo' if you were watching in Russia


A Russian state broadcaster cut a line from U.S. television series "Fargo" that likened President Vladimir Putin's nation to the "brutal" North Korean regime, Newsweek reported.

In the show, David Thewlis’s character was ruminating on a lack of peace in the world outside of Minnesota. “Yes, you can still find some relative stability in the brutal nation states: North Korea; Putins done some great things with Russia," he said. "You just have to know which palms to grease."

However, the Russian version of the show translated the line differently, dubbing the episode with, “Relative stability exists only in totalitarian states. In North Korea, for example, where you just need to know whose palm to grease."

Two episodes later, the broadcaster was at it again. During a monologue by a Ukrainian character, mentions of Putin's past in the Russian security services were erased. 

The original lines goes, “When Putin was a boy, he already knew he wanted to be FSB. He lived in the well, kept a photo of Berzhin by his bed. Berzhin, who squats in 1920 dirt, gives birth of GRU, later KGB. Godfather. And this boy, Putin, he learns sambo, rules the yard school by his fist. You see, in Russia, there are two words for truth. ‘Pravda’ is mans truth. ‘Istina’ is God's truth. But there is also ‘nepravda,’ untruth. And this is the weapon the leader uses. Because he knows what they don't. The truth is whatever he says it is.”

However, the dubbed version of the line goes, “A boy wanted to be a spy since he was a child. He lived in a communal estate and kept a portrait of Berzin on his nightstand. Berzin who formed the GRY in 1923 and consequently the KGB was a godfather. This boy soon took up sambo and became a threat in the schoolyard. You see, in every language there are two words for truth. Truth [Pravda] is people’s truth and truth [istina] is God’s truth. But there is also ‘untruth,’ a lie. And this is a weapon because someone knows it and you don’t. Truth [pravda] is only what exists in reality.”

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