Friday, August 26, 2022

Don’t Pay a Museum to Experience Delights of Prison Life, Russians are Told. Soon You’ll Get Them for Free

Paul Goble

            Staunton, July 30 – A museum in Udmurtia is now offering Russian tourists the chance to experience “all the charms of the life of convicts for money – walking in shackles, sleeping in bunks, eating prison food, and being transported by carts. But Russians say it is foolish to pay for such experiences as soon Putin will be making them available to all Russians for free.

            That is just one of the anecdotes Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova offers in her latest collection ( Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov doesn’t know how to protect the residents of his region from shelling, but he does know how to protect himself: he has purchased an armored car for 17 million rubles (240,000 US dollars) for himself. If that isn’t alarmist and does not discredit the Russian army, then what does?

·       To avoid being listed as unemployed, Russian workers at automobile manufacturing plants have been cutting grass and painting walls for five months, all  because the vile French who won’t supply needed parts aren’t standing in solidarity with them during the special military operation in Ukraine, they say in an open letter to Putin.

·       Those who say that only dishonest people work for the Russian government are wrong. Incompetent ones do as well.

·       When Putin asks Russians to work more and more hours in response to the crisis, the most enthusiastic supporter for that idea comes from undertakers who know that they will be the real beneficiaries of his policy.


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