Monday, July 31, 2023

Putin Finds African Allies in His Campaign to Stay in Office Forever, Russians Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, July 29 – The most important thing Vladimir Putin got out of his Russian-African summit, some Russians say, was support for his plans to remain in office forever. Three African leaders in attendance who have been in power even longer than he agree with the Kremlin leader that changing officials more regularly is a Western plot.

            This meeting generated other Russian anecdotes as well. Some said the unity of Russia and Africa was based on the luxuries their leaders enjoy and the poverty their peoples suffer. Others that since humanity arose in Africa, this summit was the culmination of Putin’s promotion of traditions.

            And still others suggested that the meeting in fact was organized to replenish the collection Mocow has of knives planted in the back of Putin himself given that so few African leaders attended and the world gave so little attention to a meeting that the Kremlin leader hoped shows he and his country aren’t isolated.

            In any case, these are all included in the latest collection of Russian anecdotes and jokes that Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova has posted ( Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       Russian defense minister Sergey Shoygu celebrated ties with North Korea, a suggestion that in the future Russia will be North-West Korea. Russians are asking how did we get reduced to that status?

·       Everyone has always deceived Russia and continues to do so. Even Putin is too trusting. After all, he says he pulled Russian troops back from Kyiv this past year so as to start negotiations but nothing has happened in that regard.

·       The heavy rains Moscow is suffering at present are in fact the tears of the Mother of God crying as she calls out for an end to the special military operation in Ukraine.

·       The authorities assure everyone that things are going well. Better and better, in fact; but it is just not clear in what direction.


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