Thursday, February 1, 2024

Russian History Moves like a Boomerang rather than a Rollercoaster, Russians Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Jan.29 – Most countries follow the path of a roller coaster with ups and downs but going in some general direction, Russians say; but Russia is different: its development follows the course of a boomerang in that it goes in one direction for a while and then reverses course and goes back to where it was before.

            That is just one of the anecdotes in the latest collection offered by Moscow journalist Tatyana Pusharyova ( Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       The subtext of all the commemorations of the liberation of Leningrad was that Putin not only liberated that city but that he rather than Peter the Great built it.

·       Putin became exercised about the naked party at the Mutabor Club recently not because of the nudity but because director Nikita Mikhalkov told him that satanic forces were involved.

·       No one has seen lines of Russians signing up to support Putin, although the authorities are claiming that he got ten times as many to sign as did Nadezhdin, the lines for which were enormous.

·       Russia’s Central Election Commission has to be careful that it doesn’t mix up its report on the number of approved signatures and the number who voted for each candidate.

·       Putin wants Russians to have more children, but he is doing everything so that that won’t happen by starting a war, mobilizing young men, and driving many Russians into emigration.

·       If Russia wants to invade Alaska, it will have to use fighting dolphins after it uses dog sleds when railways laid down by the Soviets end.



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