Among her suggestions for which she provides pictures are:
· Olga Glatskikh, the Sverdlovsk official who scandalized Russia by saying that the authorities didn’t ask Russians to be born, could only come as Cruella de Ville.
· Opposition figure Aleksey Navalny, Chupina suggests, should dress as Batman.
· Duma deputy Vera Ganzya who complained of hardships because she is forced to live on only 380,000 rubles (5600 US dollars) a month could come as Scrooge McDuck.
· Former KPRF presidential candidate Pavel Grudilin would be best as one of the pirates of the Caribbean, where he has some of his money stashed.
· Irina Yarovaya, the Duma deputy who wants to ban everything, should be dressed as the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland.
· Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s space program, could be dressed as a spaceman given his plans to send those who design rockets into the void.
· And Saratov minister Natalya Sokolova who said Russians could easily survive on 3500 rubles (50 US dollars) a month could only appear as Alice in Wonderland herself.
Chuprina did not suggest a costume for Vladimir Putin: that could have landed her in jail. But those of us beyond the Russian borders can easily imagine that he should dress as Darth Vader, Ivan the Terrible, or Stalin – or perhaps in the best “hybrid” tradition of combining disparate elements from the past, in a costume no one would recognize with elements of all three.