Saturday, January 13, 2024

Russian Soldiers have No Reason to Hope for Rotation when Putin has been in the Same Office for 24 Years, Russians Joke Bitterly

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Jan. 10 – Russians fighting in Ukraine and their relatives and friends at home hope that Moscow will allow them to rotate out of combat zones after a certain time as the rules suggest, but Russians are joking bitterly that they can’t expect that to happen. After all, Putin himself has remained in the same place for 24 years.

            This is just one of the new anecdotes from Russia that Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova has collected and posted online ( Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       Russians now lack only one thing to be completely happy: misfortunes for everyone else.

·       Russians who drink alone may only be celebrating a corporate event for individual entrepreneurs.

·       Russians are foolish to write to Putin to take money from the Ukrainian war and build better heating systems. That will take a miracle and so they should pray or write instead to Patriarch Kirill.

·       Russians are feeling better about being left in the cold and the dark. After all, now, Vladimir Putin personally overseeing their situation.

·       Putin has so many doubles that it really doesn’t matter how long any one of them lives.

·       In 2016, Russia’s rulers said “there is no money but you hold on.” In 2023, they said, “there are no eggs but you hold on. In 2024, they said “there is no electricity but you hold on.” And next year, they’ll say, “there is nothing, but you hold on anyway.”

·       Duma deputies who tell Russians to clean the streets themselves should start by cleaning up where they work themselves and see how they like that.

·       Employees of the Moscow Institute of Philosophy are split between “patriotic” scholars and slavish adherents of the West. Russians are waiting for the battles to come between traditional Slavic colonoscopy and those who follow Western models in that field.


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