Staunton, Aug. 3 – Russians now say they know why the birthrate is going down and the death rate up: Moscow is paying women who have a child only about ten percent of what it pays the families of those who die in combat. Because that is the case, they say, “no one should be surprised that Russia is dying out so rapidly.”
That is just one of the anecdotes Moscow journalist Natalya Pushkaryova offers in her latest collection (publizist.ru/blogs/107374/43575/-
· Home builders in the regions and republics are expecting a banner year, given how much money the relatives of soldiers who have died in Ukraine are receiving.
· Russians are compelled to believe that their lives are better than those of their counterparts in Western countries. If they didn’t, other Russians observe, they would find it impossible to continue to live.
· Now even Putin has said that it’s not now 1937 “whatever anyone says. It’s 2022.
· After a Russian woman was given a new apartment following an incident it which she threw an old shoe at the local governor, there has been a run on commission shops as other Russians try to purchase old shoes to do the same thing.