Staunton, May 5 – The drone explosion over the Kremlin has focused the minds of many in the Russian capital. According to many Russians, press spokesman Dmitry Peskov has sought to calm people by suggesting that not a single Putin was injured as a result and adding that the May 9 parade will feature a poster of Putin rather than the man himself.
This is only one of the anecdotes now circulating in Russia that have been assembled by journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova (publizist.ru/blogs/107374/45748/-). Among the best of the rest in her latest collection are the following:
· Moscow is going to require special permits for drone flights over the city. Presumably now the Ukrainians will line up to get them.
· Medvedev has called for killing Zelensky, an appeal that doesn’t take a lot of courage. It would be far more remarkable if he called for eliminating oligarchs, theft and nepotism in Russia.
· Most Russian cities have a Prospekt Mira (“Peace Avenue”). This must be changed so that people don’t pass along or worse work and live on a street with a defamatory name. That this hasn’t happened shows criminal negligence by city officials who haven’t changed the name yet and by residents who haven’t turned them in.
· Putin has ordered the end of bells in schools signaling the end of classes so that children won’t get used to the idea that there will be changes.
· Among the weapons Russians are being encouraged to use to fight drones are slingslots. Everyone can use those.
· The Kremlin wants to amend the constitution so that anyone applying for a passport will have to have his or her photograph shown with a mouth tightly closed, as Russians should always be.