Many people in the West – a surprising number, given it has been more than 30 years since the Cold War ended – still believe Russians to be a dour, gruff, humourless bunch. Of course, anyone who spends more than 5 minutes around real Russians will tell you this is utter nonsense. In fact, they have a rather dry and actually quite fatalistic wit.
There is one area of humour in which Russians absolutely EXCEL, though – trolling.
About a month ago, the CIA tried trolling the Russian Embassy, and more broadly, the Russian government, by posting up recruitment ads encouraging dissident Russians to become spies for America (warning – Clown News Network video, watching CNN may result in testicular cancer for BOTH sexes):
The entire non-Western world promptly collapsed into fits of hysterical laughter at the sheer idiocy and incomprehension of the CIA’s advert, because it is very clear the so-called Central INTELLIGENCE Agency has not got THE FIRST CLUE what life is really like in modern Russia.
Today’s Russia is not the Soviet Union, not anymore. It is in fact a very good place to live, especially in and around Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, and some of the other bigger Russian cities. Salaries are low, yes, but overall, the cost of living is also pretty low. Things are amazingly normal in Russia – you do not get mass shootings, gay pride parades, BLM riots, bums shitting and peeing in the streets, and endless attacks by packs of wild yoots in the streets on innocent bystanders.
The Russians, being a highly literate people with an active sense of humour, immediately responded to this nonsense with a much better advert of their own:
Honestly, given the spectacular failures of American unintelligence over the past few months, particularly with respect to their supposedly “secure” files, they might want to invest more money in better procedures and systems, and less in pointless and stupid internet ads that try to paint Russia as some sort of dyscivic repressive hellhole.
As with most such things, in reality, it is all projection. The West is becoming what Russia WAS back in the 1980s. Russia is becoming what the West was supposed to be. The sooner all of Clown World simply collapses outright, the better off ALL of us will be.