‘Putin walks into a bar …’ Dark humour lifts Russian spirits

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‘Putin walks into a bar …’ Dark humour lifts Russian spirits

TV sketches and expletive-laden songs muse on the Covid-19 crisis and poke fun at the authorities

Tom Balmforth

Russians are drawing on their taste for black humour to help raise morale during the coronavirus crisis.

Though case numbers are falling, Russia has the world’s third-highest tally, and grumbling over what some see as over-strict lockdown rules and insufficient government support for businesses has bubbled up.

In one sketch, TV comedian Maxim Galkin parodies a chat between President Vladimir Putin and Moscow’s mayor about a fictional government order outlining a “timetable to breathe” as the lockdown is eased...

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