Staunton, Jan. 10 – A video clip from Irkutsk shows Russians being sent to fight in Ukraine in cattle cars that are cold and without sanitation, but Russians reflect bitterly than those travelling west in such unpleasant conditions will soon return in comfort, “lying down in coffins, in complete peace and insensitive to any deprivations.”
That is just one of the anecdotes and jokes Muscovites are telling each other now that have been assembled by journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova (publizist.ru/blogs/107374/44880/-). Among the best of the rest are the following:
· The current cold wave in Russia has been specially arranged by the Kremlin to show Europeans what will await them if they don’t stop supporting Ukraine.
· It is right and proper that Russia denounce the anti-corruption convention. After all, it is “our bond and our everything and at least in some way, we must be ahead of the rest.
· Russian leaders have forgotten but the Russian people have not that from time immemorial, those who fled oppression but who decided to return suffered even more repression when they did so.
· Russians should stop tightening their belts, the finance ministry says; now, it is time to start eating them.
· Putin has unwittingly helped his opponents. His steps to combat those who have set an oil price ceiling have backfired. They want to buy and sell oil at 60 US dollars a barrel; but after Putin took his latest steps, Russia is selling it for 39 US dollars. He is a real genius, Russians say; no one else would have been able to bring the ceiling closer to the floor so successfully.
· After the media reported that the defense minister’s daughter had spent the holidays in Dubai, the defense ministry announced that she has been removed from the list of Sergey Shoygu’s daughters and put on the list of “other women.”