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Doveryai, no proveryai, is the Russian proverb made famous by Ronald Reagan.

The President's adviser on Russian affairs, Suzanne Massie, suggested Reagan learn some Russian proverbs in the lead-up to his meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev.

"Trust, but verify," emerged as his favorite. Indeed, Gorbachev remarked how Reagan made sure to repeat it every meeting.

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