Saturday, December 31, 2022

Are American Media as Focused on Snow Storms in Siberia as Russian Outlets are on Storms in the US? Russians Want to Know

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Dec. 31 – Moscow state television gave such extensive coverage to the horrific snow storm which hit the northeastern United States that inquiring minds in Russia want to know whether American television gives equal time to snow storms in Siberia, according to the latest joke circulating in Moscow.

            That is just one of the new anecdotes being passed around in Russia today as assembled by Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova ( Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       Russian attitudes have proved so changeable on the war in Ukraine that it needs to be asked whether it is possible to fight with such people?

·       The way the new Russian Moskvich was produced, by taking a Chinese car and changing the labels, suggests it will be no problem for Russia to double domestic production by 2025. After all, to change the labels won’t require many workers or much money, let alone reform of the branch.

·       After Putin cancelled his usual year-end addresses, his spokesman was forced to deny that the blahblahdor is his favorite dog breed.

·       Some Russian bookstores have pulled copies of Cippolino from their shelves because the story contains an absolutely impermissible story about the revolt of vegetables against fruits. Many fear this is the first step toward pulling onions from food stores.

·       Moscow officials are blaming Western hackers for the fact that Russians are now going to have to repay all their taxes for 2022.

·       Foreign Minister Lavrov can’t understand why the Ukrainians hate Moscow. Haven’t we bombed them enough to transform them into a fraternal people?

·       Judging from Medvedev’s recent outbursts, the most powerful thing in Russia is the bile from his liver.

·       Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu congratulates the Russian army even when it retreats.


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