Staunton, June 8 – According to a story circulating in Moscow, “the alcoholic Boris, the head of the entire state, plans to tell his fellow citizens: ‘I am tired, I will leave, I have done all I could. Now the prime minister of Great Britain will be V.V. Putin” (publizist.ru/blogs/107374/43132/-).
Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova says that a second Russian anecdote now making the rounds says that Russia’s ambassador to Great Britain has assured people there than Moscow will now launch missiles at them as long as he, the ambassador, is in residence. What he doesn’t say, Russians add, is that he is about to go on vacation somewhere else.
Among the other Russian political jokes and anecdotes the journalist offers are the following:
· Moscow is closing down Russian lead smelters because it can’t sell the lead it has produced. Of course, it could continue to produce and export lead by contaminating the atmosphere but there is a problem: the lead put into the air could blow back into Russia.
· Those who support the Kremlin and say we just have to tighten our belts apparently hope to endure the current situation so that they can die quietly in poverty.
· One Russian liberal meets another at a theater and says he is waiting for the latter to denounce Putin’s war. The latter replies “keep waiting.”
· More evidence of popular support for the war effort: two employees at a helicopter manufacturing plant have been charged for stealing generators needed to allow those planes to fly.
· The leader of Fair Russia-For the Truth did everything he could to prevent anyone from finding out that his car had hit a pedestrian. In this, he showed himself to be a typical Putin patriot, something who fights for his own well-being above all.
· China has shown itself to be a true friend of Russia. Like Western countries, it has closed its shops in Russia; but unlike them, it has blamed technical problems and done so without any fuss.