If you’re headed to Sochi for the Olympics, you may want to be careful when getting involved in any deep literary conversations with the Russians, especially if there is alcohol involved.
Investigators say when a former schoolteacher and his friend got into an argument about which is superior — poetry or prose — things got out of hand.
The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict, on the basis of which the 53-year-old admirer of poetry killed his opponent with the help of a knife, the regional branch of the federal Investigative Committee said in a statement.
The 53-year-old suspect fled to a nearby village but was found by authorities.
And this isn’t the first time blood has been shed over a philosophical dispute in Russia. Four months ago, a man was shot in a grocery store over an argument over the theories of Immanuel Kant, an 18th century philosopher.