Staunton, Apr. 16 – Not everything is as it appears in Russia. According to local journalists in the Far East, the officers and men of Russia’s Pacific Fleet have been rehearsing for Sergey Shoygu’s unannounced test of their readiness at least since the end of January. They were ready, and Shoygu could then report that.
That is one of the anecdotes now circulating in Moscow that have been assembled by Russian journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova (publizist.ru/blogs/107374/45618/-). Among the best of the rest of her latest offering:
· Russian import substitution happens when goods from the West are replaced by goods from China.
· Sculptors Zurab Tsereteli has offered the country a new monument: ‘The Motherland Calls Electronically!’
· Russian women now view Belarusian men as ideal marriage partners given that the latter have the same rights as Russians but in addition can travel abroad, open an IP, and will not be dragged off to fight a foreign war. Who would have imagined that turn of events only a few months ago?
· Duma deputies are always happy because they get to make laws they don’t have to live according to.
· VTsIOM may soon rename itself VTsIFOM, the All Russian Center for the Study and Formation of Public Time.
· Skolkov scholars have come up with a random tax generator to raise money for the war.
· In Russia, those who destroy rare plants get up to nine years in prison; but those who destroy people, get money, benefits and other rewards.
· A law is now being drafted defining the rights to funeral services by the stat for those who return from the special military operation not under their own power.
· Those who took part in Russian Orthodox Church Eastern services were automatically signed up for military service. The defense ministry even handed a summons to Jesus Christ.