Monday, November 14, 2022

Russians Told Potholes Won’t Be Fixed Because They’ll Slow Down Ukrainian Forces

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Nov. 12 – Russian roads are notoriously bad, but now the annual effort to fill in at least some of the potholes appears to be on hold given that some say that officials have come up with a new reason to do nothing: potholes on Russian highways will almost certainly slow down any Ukrainian military units that try to use them, some Muscovites are saying.

            This is only one of the latest anecdotes now circulating in the Russian capital which have been assembled by journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova ( Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       Russia has invented a time machine, but so far, it only works to go back into the past.

·       Russians have learned to live according to the following principles: any joy at celebrations is feigned, any sadness over disasters is artificial, all empathy for others is false, and the future is always bleak.

·       Patriarch Kirill is right that the country now faces a challenge to its existence, but he fails to point to the individual responsible and the real cause: Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine.

·       Moscow media made much of Biden’s recent stumble on stage but ignored the way he could avoid such a problem. He could follow Putin’s example, sit in a bunker and only speak to the world via video links.

·       Ivanovo at least is part of Europe. After all, its people are freezing just as Putin promised the people of Europe would.

·       The government plans to install special equipment at railway stations and subway stops to detect anyone illegally wearing civil rights and freedoms.

·       Now that the Kremlin has said there can only be “one fabulous grandfather left in Russia,” some people in that county fear that Santa Claus will be banned since Putin is the only one Russians should view as occupying that status.

·       Putin says that Ukraine is bad because it has been turned into a real “anti-Russia,” but he doesn’t think that it is a bad thing that he has turned Russia into the “anti-West.”

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