July 01, 2013

Divorce or Parking, Which is Harder?



The awkward mise-en-scene of President Putin’s announcement that he and his wife Lyudmila are divorcing because they “practically don’t see each other” took most Russians by surprise. As pundits wracked their brains to interpret the news, Russians concerned themselves with more important things, namely coming up with dozens of анекдоты (jokes) to capture the political moment. In point of fact, divorce is now so common in Russia that it may actually make the Russian President seem more human in the eyes of voters.

A question for Vladimir and Lyudmila Putin:

“How will you divide the joint property?”


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