Thursday, March 28, 2024

Instead of Restoring the Death Penalty, Putin Regime May Start Cutting Off Ears of Criminals, Some Russians Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Mar. 25 – Having seen the pictures of the man the FSB arrested for terrorism at Crocus Hall with his ear cut off, some Russians are now speculating that the Kremlin may decide not to restore the death penalty but rather make this alternative form of punishment available for other kinds of crimes as well.

            This is only one of the anecdotes Russians are now telling each other that have been collected by Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova ( Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       The Crocus Hall terrorists did everything they could to get caught, allowing their car to be photographed, going away as a group, and taking public roads to “Ukraine, the homeland of the Tajiks. This all means that Moscow can now safely introduce martial law and declare mass mobilization.

·       Putin says the terrorists were headed toward Ukraine where Ukrainian border guards had opened “a window” for them. That raises the question: doesn’t Russia have any border guards there?

·       After the latest terrorist attack, no one changed their behavior in the slightest. Russians are now used to such things.

·       How is a Tajik sent to Moscow to kill Russians for 500,000 rubles any different from a Russian paid the same amount to go to Ukraine and kill Ukrainians?

·       Russians are no longer interested in hearing about Ukraine’s links with Nazism. So the Kremlin is now saying that “Ukraine is a Nazi Islamist state with a Jewish president.” That should mobilize the patriots again.

·       Putin likes to be known as unpredictable. If he really wants to continue to be viewed as such, why doesn’t he end the war in Ukraine?


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