Jason Jones Live From Sochi-ish - No Safety Nyet

  • Aired:  02/24/14
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In his final report from Sochi-ish, Jason Jones questions why Russians are so extreme, runs afoul of government bugs and catches up with Pussy Riot. (6:06)

SO AS RUSSIA SALUTED THE END OFTHESE GAMES WITH THEIR SIGNATUREGIANT

WEEPING BEAR AND, OF COURSE,THEIR ODE TO ALL THE REALLY

GREAT WRITERS AND ARTISTS THEYHAD SHOT, IMPRISONED OREXILED WE'RE

REMINDED THAT OUR OWN JASONJONES WAS IN RUSSIA NEAR THESE

GAMES.

HERE NOW HIS FINAL REPORT.

♪ >> NOW THAT THE PAGEANTRY OF THE

SOCHI OLYMPICS IS BEHIND US IFINALLY HAVE TIME TO REFLECT ON

MY STAY IN RUSSIA.

WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO IS THATRUSSIANS ARE A LOT LIKE US.

THEY GO TO BARS LIKE US.

THEY ENJOY MUSEUMS LIKE US.

AND THEY EVEN WATCH THE SAMEPIRATED DVDS LIKE US.

>> "THE DAILY SHOW" WITH TINYJEW.

>> JEB AND JOHNSON.

>> YES, GOOD QUALITY.

>> THE ONE GLARING THING THATSEEMED TO SET US APART IS THATRUSSIANS ARE

BONKERS.

THEY DO CRAZY (bleep).

DON'T GET ME WRONG

I LOVEWATCHING IT.

BUT HOW DID THE CULTURE THATGAVE US SWAN LAKE AND WAR ANDPEACE EVOLVE INTO THE WORLD'SPREMIERE TESTING GROUND FOR

JACKASS. I SAT DOWN TO BETTERUNDERSTAND WHY RUSSIANS ARE SOEXTREME.

>> WE LIKE TO PUSH THE LIMITS,WE LIKE TO DO THINGS THAT ARE

FORBIDDEN.

I THINK THAT'S THE DISTINCTFEATURE OF OUR NATION'SMENTALITY.

>> THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VEDONE?

>> I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER DONEANYTHING CRAZY.

I MOSTLY DO ROOFING.

>> WHAT IS THAT?

>> ROOFING, IT MEANS I WALK ONTHE ROOFS OF BUILDINGS.

>> BEING RUSSIAN SHE VIDEO TAPEDHERSELF AND PUT IT AN YOUTUBE

FOR MILLIONS TO WITNESS HER(bleep) SANITY.

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD VIEWTHAT AS CRAZY.

>> NOT RUSSIANS WE HAVE A FAMOUSSAYING WE LIVE BY, DON'T BE A

PUSSY. THAT'S A SAYING INRUSSIA? DON'T BE A PUSSY?

>> YES.

>> YOU CAN'T BE A PUSSY AND LIVEIN RUSSIA.

LOOK WHAT HAPPENS TO A SIMPLEPOLITICAL BLOGGER WHO

INVESTIGATES GOVERNMENTCORRUPTION.

MEET ALEXI NOVALNI. HE WAS FOURHOURS LATE TO OUR INTERVIEWBECAUSE HE WAS

BEING INTERROGATED BY THE FSB,RUSSIA'S FEDERAL SECURITYSERVICE. A WEEKLY OCCURENCE.

>> I AM FORBIDDEN FROM GOING ONRUSSIAN TELEVISION, I AMLITERALLY BARRED FROM RUNNINGFOR POLITICAL OFFICE.

AND I'VE BEEN ARRESTED MANYTIMES FOR ORGANIZINGANTI-GOVERNMENT

RALLIES.

>> WHY DO YOU DO IT?

>> IF YOU LOOK AT PUTIN AND ALLHIS --

>> AND THEN OUR MICS CUT OUT.

SERIOUSLY THIS REALLY HAPPENED.

>> THE BUGS IN THE OFFICE MAKESSOME PROBLEM FOR THIS EQUIPMENT.

TWICE WE FOUND BUGS IN EVENSMALL VIDEO CAMERA IN THE

OFFICE.

THE FUNNY SITUATION THEY TOOKTHIS BOX AND SEND IT TO THE FSB

FOR THE EXPERTISE SO THE BOXRETURNS TO THE GUYS WHO PLACE

IT.

>> HOLY (bleep).

YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?

>> A LITTLE BIT.

>> WHY THE (bleep) WERE YOUMAKING GO THROUGH THAT RUSSIAN

(bleep)?

IT DIDN'T MATTER WHAT LANGUAGEWE WERE SPEAKING BECAUSE WHEN

YOU CRITICIZE PUTIN SOMEONE ISLISTENING.

>> I DON'T THINK SO.

THE SMALL VIDEO CAMERA AND THATSMALL INVISIBILE CAMERA RIGHT

HERE.

>> WE'RE GOING TO DO A B-ROLLWHERE WE PRETEND TO WALK AND

TALK.

YOU GO FIRST.

♪ I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKINGI'M ACTING LIKE A PUSSY.

I'M AMERICAN I'M ALLOWED TO.

RUSSIANS DON'T HAVE THAT CHOICE.

>> YOU ARE A PUSSY RIOT?

>> YES.

>> TAKE THESE GIRLS PERFORMANCEARTISTS WHO WERE ARRESTED.

SOME OF THEM SPENT ALMOST TWOYEARS IN PRISON FOR SINGING IN A

CHURCH.

>> WE'RE JUST FED UP WITH THEPOLITICAL SITUATION IN THISCOUNTRY AND WE

JUST CAN'T KEEP SILENT.

>> WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU GUYS?

>> I CAN'T REALLY GO INTODETAILS BECAUSE THIS PLACE MIGHT

BE BUGGED.

>> THERE'S GOVERNMENT

BUGS INHERE, TOO?

>> YES, MOST LIKELY.

>> OKAY.

LISTEN TO ME YOU REPEAT EXACTLYWHAT I'M SAYING LOUD AND CLEAR.

MY NAME IS JEBIN JOHNSON AND I'MHERE TALKING TO SNATCH FIGHT.

>> MY NAME IS JEBIN JOHNSON ANDI'M TALKING TO SNATCH FIGHT.

>> THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WENTDOWN.

>> IF YOU GO TO RUSSIA ANDSEE PEOPLE JUMPING OFF BRIDGES

AND HANGING OFF CRANES OR(bleep) DID SHE JUMP OFF A

MOUNTAIN?

OR IF YOU SEE PEOPLE PROTESTING,PUNK ROCKING OR FIGHTING FOR

CHANGE, IT COMES BACK DOWN TOTHAT SIMPLE RUSSIAN PHILOSOPHY.

>> ANYTHING IN LIFE IS POSSIBLEIF YOU JUST SAY DON'T BE A

PUSSY.

>> AND RUSSIANS AIN'T NOPUSSIES.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: JASON JONES.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]IF I MAY --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]JASON JONES AND THE PRODUCER WHO

WAS WITH JASON THE ENTIRE TIMEWITH THE GREAT PIECES BRENNAN

SHROFF.

GREAT JOB, GUYS.

AMAZING PIECES.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]AMAZING.

I DO WANT TO ASK, SOMEBODY ASKEDME THIS EARLIER EVEN HOW DID YOU

GET AN INTERVIEW WITH GORBACHEVWHO HASN'T BEEN SEEN IN YEARS

AND YOU MANAGED TO GET ANINTERVIEW?

>> WE GOT HIS PHONE NUMBER,HONEST TO GOD FROM THE BLACK

MARKET.

>> Jon: ON THE BLACK MARKET?

>> YES.

>>>> Jon: WAS IT EXPENSIVE?

>> YES IT WAS.

IT COST ONE HUMAN LIVER.

>> Jon: REALLY?

>> YEAH, RIGHT THERE.

>> THAT RUSSIAN DOCTOR SAID I'LLBE FINE.

>> THE GUY HE SAW WASN'T ADOCTOR.

HE'S GOING TO DIE.

>> Jon: HE'S GOING TO DIE.

TREMENDOUS JOB GUYS, WELL DONE.

>> THANKS.

>> Jon: WE'LL BE RIGHT BACKAFTER THIS.

JASON JONES, BRENNAN SHROFF.

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