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“Six-year-olds who are not ready to start school are either backward or sick, or lazy, or have been raised in a stupid way. We should feel sorry for the parents.”
—Prof. Jerzy Vetulani, a neurobiologist, having his say in a public debate on the age at which Polish children should start school

“The question about lowering the retirement age is politically cynical. Ordinary citizens will bear the consequences [in the future] when none of today’s politicians will even be remembered.”
—Ryszard Petru, the leader of the newly formed free-market party Nowoczesna.pl, on Polish President Andrzej Duda’s proposal to hold a referendum on the retirement age in Poland

“KGB colonel] Vladimir Putin was appointed a security guard to safeguard the interests of the people who took part in the criminal privatization [of the Russian economy from the 1990s onwards]. And then the security guard realized he had all the keys, so he changed the locks and now he’s in charge.”
—Gennady Yavlinsky, a Russian economist and opposition activist
Compiled from press reports