SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST:
Margaret Thatcher was tough on the Russians, but maybe not quite as tough as she appears in a pirated version of "The Iron Lady" biopic that's making the rounds in Moscow. The Meryl Streep movie got a special treatment in the Russian bootleg version. There, a voiceover has the former British prime minister stating:
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Russian spoken)
STAMBERG: That's Russian for: Crush the working class, crush the cattle, crush these bums. Seems an overzealous translator turned Ms. Thatcher and her advisors into a somewhat sinister cabal. But what made things worse was that this version was reviewed, inadvertently, by one of Russia's top film critics. Lydia Maslova gave the movie a pretty positive review in the newspaper Kommersant, all the while quoting Margaret Thatcher as a Hitler-loving nemesis of the common man.
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