Monday, November 6, 2023

Trust in Putin Comes Out of the Barrel of a Gun, Some Russians Now Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Nov. 4 – Polls showing that almost 80 percent of Russians trust Putin are easy to explain: those who say they don’t trust the Kremlin leader are now being threatened with execution by some politicians. To save themselves, they say they trust him, other Russians, less trusting now say.

            That is just one of the anecdotes Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova has assembled in her latest collection ( Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       Russian airlines say they will make their own spare parts for Airbus and Boeing planes. In this, they will be following a great Russian tradition: some automobile dealers are now making parts for Toyotas for some time, and most of the time, they don’t have to use a single nail to keep the carburetors together.

·       Russians will welcome any kind of winter this year except a nuclear one.

·       Veterans of earlier conflicts still haven’t received the apartments they’ve been promised, but those who sign up for service in Ukraine are told that veterans of this war will get them promptly.

·       The Russian foreign ministry defines “a reasonable compromise” as an agreement to do whatever Moscow wants.

·       Russians now have been told to fill any windows facing west with concrete.

·       Russian stores are now going to have to come up with a new way to hide inflation and cheat their customers now that the prosecutor general has canned the packaging of goods in anything but their usual weights and measures.

·       Doubles are useful: when one performs, the other can lie in a morgue.

·       Moscow won’t recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization on the principle that “a thief who does not rob you is not a thief, a murderer who does not kill you is not a murderer and a bear who does not bite off your entire leg is not a bear.



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