Setting aside fears for a new arms race with the US or the conflict in Syria, new Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev took to Twitter on March 28 to reassure Russia on another burning issue — the well-being of his cat.
Presidential pet Dorofey had not, contrary to press reports and frenzied Internet speculation, gone missing.
“It has become known from sources close to Dorofey that he didn’t disappear. Thank you for your concern, everyone,” tweeted Medvedev.
Russian social media users have been having a field day speculating about the cat’s alleged escape, with at least two Twitter accounts created in Dorofey’s name to post updates of his whereabouts and his decision to join the nascent protest movement.
“I am tired of politics! I want family and kids!” one Dorofey impersonator @Dorofey_Kot tweeted.
The cat’s name — derived from Greek Dorotheos, or the “gift of God” — soared to global Twitter trends as bloggers joked the animal had fled ahead of his owner’s departure from the Kremlin in May.
1. set aside v. phr.
不談 (bu4 tan2)
例: Let’s set the issue aside for now.
2. contrary to v. phr.
與…相反的 (yu3 … xiang1 fan3)
例: Contrary to public opinion, his cat is safe and sound.
3. have a field day idiom
大肆評論 (da4 si4 ping2 lun4)
例: The media would have a field day if their relationship ever became public knowledge.