Staunton, Sept. 10 -- A story is circulating in Moscow that a patient in a mental hospital says he is glad he’s there after watching on television what is going on outside its walls. Hearing this, orderlies in the hospital immediately conclude that that individual has shown himself to have already recovered.
That is one of the anecdotes compiled by Russian journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova this week (publizist.ru/blogs/107374/46740/-). Among the best of the rest are the following:
· Russian officials are pleased that falsifications in the election went so well because no violations were noticed or reported.
· Moscow says every country should be allowed to do what it wants as long as what it wants is what Russia wants it to do.
· The Russian government is giving pensioners more money so that they can give it to their unemployed grandchildren. This is a comprehensive solution as it supports young people and strengthens families.
· In any well-functioning government, work on explaining why presidential orders haven’t been carried out must begin simultaneous with any work implementing them.
· Many Russians who have fled abroad because of the war in Ukraine are now seeking to recreate the conditions of the homeland they fled in their new places of residence. In so doing, they are spreading the hopelessness that led them to flee in the first place.
· A proposal calling on Russian government officials to stop using foreign medicines just as they are now compelled to stop using foreign cars has been rejected as unacceptably cruel because it would cause grievous bodily harm.
· Russians should behave like the weather which doesn’t care whether anyone like it or not.