In Tehran we appreciate the work RIA Novosti does. We appreciate it so much that I think RIA deserves to be a part of Omar Khayyam's rubaiyat:
One thing is certain, that Life flies;
One thing is certain, and the Rest is Lies; The Flower that once has blown for ever dies.
But RIA shows eternal life,
It is the fact that never dies.
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