Medvedev turns BRICS into ‘slacks’

The Russian delegation at the BRICS countries summit has dubbed the group BRYUKI (slacks) by joining together the first letters in Russian of the words Brazil, Russia, South Africa, China and India, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

“To be honest, I cannot recall who thought up the BRICS abbreviation. But we have invented our own,” Medevedev told journalists at the summit.

Russian for South Africa is “Yuzhnaya Africa” and for China “Kitai.” Brazil, India and Russia have the same first letters in both English and Russian, when transcribed. So – BRYUKI – or “slacks” in English.

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