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‘My cat is safe,’ Medvedev assures Russia
梅德維傑夫向俄羅斯保證:「我的貓沒事」

A woman displays her cat in a fashion costume during a cat and dog exhibition in Minsk, Belarus last Saturday.
一位女士上週六在白俄羅斯明斯克舉辦的貓狗展上,秀出其打扮時尚的愛貓。

Photo: EPA
照片:歐新社

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.

(AFP)

撇開與美國展開新的武器競賽或敘利亞衝突等的憂慮不談,俄羅斯新任總理德米崔‧梅德維傑夫三月二十八日在推特發文,消除俄羅斯對另外一件緊急議題─他的愛貓是否安好─的疑慮。

跟媒體報導及網際網路的瘋狂猜測相反的是,總統的寵物第一貓多羅菲,並沒有失蹤。

「熟悉多羅菲的消息人士透露,牠並沒有消失。感謝各位的關心,」梅德維傑夫的推文寫道。

使用社交媒體的俄羅斯網友近來對有關第一貓疑似逃逸一事,大肆評論,至少有兩個以多羅菲為名成立的推特帳號,貼出牠的下落與決定加入方興未艾的抗議運動等的即時消息。

「我受夠政治!我要家庭跟小孩!」一個假裝是多羅菲的推特帳號@Dorofey_Kot的推友寫道。

以希臘文多羅西歐、意指上帝禮物為名的第一貓,其大名成為全球推特熱門字彙,部落客們打趣說,這隻貓趕在總統主人五月離開克里姆林宮之前先落跑了。

(法新社)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. set aside v. phr.

不談 (bu4 tan2)

例: Let’s set the issue aside for now.

(讓我們暫且不談這項議題。)

2. contrary to v. phr.

與…相反的 (yu3 … xiang1 fan3)

例: Contrary to public opinion, his cat is safe and sound.

(跟輿論說法相反的是,他的貓平安又健康。)

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.

(他們的關係要是公諸於世,媒體可以大肆評論了。)


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