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1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites): Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russia isn’t the USSR: Now for Carrying Signs Celebrating Peace, Labor and May You will Go to Jail Not Get a Day Off

 Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 2 – Russians
are always talking about how their country is like or not like the USSR. Now,
they have new evidence of how different it is. In Soviet times, those who carried
posters declaring “Peace, Labor and May” got a day off. Now, such people are
given a prison term.

            This is one of the anecdotes
Russians are now telling each other that have been assembled by journalist
Tatyana Pushkaryova (
publizist.ru/blogs/107374/45726/-).
Among the best of the rest are the following:

·      
When Russians were growing up in Soviet times,
they thought Chukovsky’s story about the cockroach ruling over all the other animals
was nonsense, but now in adulthood, they recognize that the Soviet children’s
writer was really a prophet.

·      
Everything that isn’t prohibited in Russia is
simply not allowed.

·      
Moscow sends a new governor to a region. He
seeks to explain his transfer and boost his authority by saying that before
coming, he worked in a very serious organization where they don’t suffer fools
for very long.

·      
There is no more peace, labor or solidarity in
Russia. At least the month of May remains.

·      
The grandson of Gennady Zyuganov says he’d win a
free election in Russia if enough people turned out. That just shows that
stupidity is clearly inherited: how can anyone say such things with a straight
face in a country which doesn’t have free elections.

·      
Russian television says rising inflation in the
US will soon lead to that country’s collapse, but it insists that even higher
inflation in Russia won’t and advises people not to look at prices but rather
watch TV.

·      
Western firms are limiting the functionality of electronic
locks on cars. That means Russians will have to go back to keys. They wonder
whether they will soon have to use cute rotary phones as well.

·      
NATO will soon have bases in Finland and it will
be able to send rockets to hit Russian cities whose flying time will be only 20
seconds. Curiously, the Kremlin which is obsessed about what some future NATO
base in Ukraine might do has been silent about what this Finnish development
will mean.

·      
Medvedev is calling for Russia to occupy ever
more land having obviously forgotten Tolstoy’s observation that no one really
needs a space larger than six feet by three feet to put his casket.

Window on Eurasia — New Series

1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites)