Sunday, July 23, 2023

The Surest Way to Get a Meeting with Putin is to Organize a Mutiny, Russians Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, July 22 – Many Russians who want to meet Vladimir Putin to get a decision have difficulties, but the Prigozhin case shows that there is one easy and guaranteed way to ensure that such a meeting will take place: organize a rising against the Russian government and Putin will be at pains to meet with you, Russians are now saying.

            That is just one of the anecdotes Russians are telling each other about their country collected by Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova ( Among the best of the rest this week are the following:

·       In the end, everything will be fine; and if everything isn’t fine, then be glad because this is not the end.

·       Anyone who learns two foreign languages is clearly on the way to treason and espionage.

·       After he was arrested, Strelkov renamed his Angry Patriots Club the Angry Patriots House.

·       Russians are reviving an old joke according to which God predicts when life will be perfect in various countries; but when it comes to Russia, God can’t give a precise answer because He says He won’t live that long.

·       Patriarch Kirill has never hurt a fly, his supporters say; but of course, people aren’t flies.

·       Russian propagandists are becoming ever more implausible. They’re saying the Ukrainians bombed the Transfiguration Cathedral in Odesa. That’s like saying someone under attack from a crowbar-wielding crook suddenly decided to remove his own head with a finger.

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