Release the Gwythaints!
- Apr 2, 2012
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Next you'll be telling me there are two meanings for "gay".He was. You said "or", not "and".
Since my pedantry is obviously overclocked just now, let me clarify by stating that it depends whether by "Russian" you meant "Russian" or, as is entirely possible, "Russian". The first word pertains to Russian ethnicity, which is a whole can of worms in itself. The second word pertains to the Russian state, and therefore citizenship. From this we can conclude that, while Nureyev was not Russian, he was nonetheless Russian, and therefore may sneak in by means of a technicality.
There are two Russian words which are translated into English as "Russian". The first is русский (russkii), which is the one which pertains to ethnicity. The second one is российский (rossiiskii), which is all about the Russian state.