Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Some 'Good' News: Russians who’ve Never had Communal Services -- about One in Four -- Aren’t Affected by Their Collapse

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Jan. 13 – Russians take good news where they can find it, and some are now observing that about a quarter of the population of their country isn’t being affected at all by the collapse of communal services. These people include those who have never had heat, hot water, or indoor plumbing before and so haven’t been deprived of them in the current crisis.

            That is just one of the anecdotes that Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova offers in her latest collection (publizist.ru/blogs/107374/47531/-). Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       Orthodox church courts may soon order priests to carry guns.

·       Dostoyevsky said that the only thing Russians took from Orthodoxy was the requirement of crossing themselves before they beat someone to death.

·       Putin solved a dilemma many Russians had two years ago: where to go on vacation. Now, the choices there are much more limited, and Russians are focusing instead on more immediate issues like where to buy heat generators or buy wood for stoves.

·       Russians now living in the cold and dark know they have to survive until March so they can vote for Putin – and they also know that after that month, the weather will get better.

·       Russians have discovered on their own skin that one need not use drones to destroy heat and light infrastructure.

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