Thursday, April 27, 2023

No One Believed Putin had a Double Until His Spokesman Denied It, Russians Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Apr. 24 – There has been much speculation that Putin has one or more doubles, but Russians say that no one believed that or that he spends his time in bunkers until his spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied both things, a sure sign, people say, that just the reverse of Peskov’s words is true.

            That is just one of the anecdotes people in Moscow are now telling each other that journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova has assembled and posted online ( The best of the rest of this latest harvest include:

·       Russia’s wealthiest gained 152 billion more US dollars last year, an indication that there is no misfortune their country can suffer that the ruling elite will not manage to profit from.

·       Sign on an elevator in a Moscow apartment building: there is no need to deface it with graffiti: after all, no Americans will be riding it; and Russians won’t read anything that is written there.

·       Environmental activist Greta Thunberg is encouraging Russians to stop sitting at home and walk through rural areas near Moscow. Otherwise, the ticks there won’t have enough to eat.

·       One Duma deputy wants to eliminate English from school curriculums so that Russian young people won’t have their heads filled with unnecessary things and instead will be ready to die in Ukraine.

·       The St. Petersburg legislative assembly wants to ban advertising of sex services because at present, people are spending too much on them and not making contributions to victory in the special military operation.

·       The real surprise after it was announced that Peskov’s son is in the Wagner forces is not that he is fighting at Bakhmut but that his car, without any obvious driver, is still circulating through the streets of Moscow. A technological miracle courtesy of Elon Musk.

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