Staunton, Nov. 26—Muscovites are saying that Vladimir Putin hasn’t decided whether there will be any elections in 2024. He long ago decided he’d remain in power but he is still thinking whether to save the country money and simply extend his time in the Kremlin not by a vote of the people but by a simple decree.
That is just one of the anecdotes Russian are now telling that have been assembled by Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova (publizist.ru/blogs/107374/44535/2024). Among the best of the rest:
· Saying that the Moskvich plant has resumed work is like saying of a library converted into a bar that “the library has resumed work” given that the firm is simply assembling Chinese parts into a car and giving it a Russian name.
· The European Parliament has decided to label Belarus a state sponsor of tractorism.
· Lukashenka has told Putin that he has no reason to worry about Mink and the OCST. “I am a courageous person,” the Belarusian leader says, “and therefore I will be the lasts to leave the OCST or the very first.”
· After the Duma banned propaganda on LGBTs and transgenders, Russian security officials have removed Transylvania from the maps in Russian schools and closed the Trans-Siberiarailway.ne
· Putin constantly provides the best evidence for what he told the mothers of soldiers now fighting in Ukraine: “you can’t trust anything at all.”
· A Russian is asked if he is for or against something, but only after being reminded that there is a criminal sanction against anyone who is against.
· Buryats aren’t complaining about being sent to fight in Ukraine, but they are upset that they haven’t been given the five cubic meters of firewood they were promised.