Saturday, March 9, 2024

Far More Russians Waiting to Attend Putin’s Funeral than Actually Went to Navalny’s

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Mar. 5 – Many in the Kremlin have been shocked by just how many Russians came out for the funeral of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny. But if they want to see a really larger funeral in Russia, they only have to wait until Putin dies, some Russians say, noting that millions of their fellow citizens are waiting for that.

            This is only one of the anecdotes Russians are telling one another now that have been posted on line by Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova ( Among the best of the rest in her latest collection are the following:

·       Russians who have fled the country need to stop saying that those who stayed are fools; and those who have stayed need to stop calling those who left fools as well. Choosing either option is hard and personal, and the only thing that matters is what you do wherever you are.

·       The average Russian dreams of catching up with the West and then travelling to Europe where everyone will bow down to him.

·       After political scientists graduate from university, they have three more “degrees” to acquire: first, they need to become a famous political scientist, then a political scientist foreign agent, and finally a political criminal whose arrest the authorities are seeking.  

·       Putin has decided that the abolition of serfdom in Russia was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 19th century because that form of social and economic organization guaranteed everyone jobs and confidence in the future.

·       Russia is truly a hybrid political system: it consists of a broad democracy under one dictator.


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