The Mystery of Vova
. . . has been solved! Remember how I shared that Klara kept saying the word “Vova”, which confused us because we don’t know anybody by this name (it’s the diminutive of Vladimir), and we only refer to Putin by his last name.
Whenever I asked Klara to show me Vova, she would point at N, which really weirded me out. Is N a secret Putinoid, I wondered, and did Klara find this out about him? Is she trying to warn me?
This was one of her favorite words that she repeated all the time, and I had no idea what it meant.
But now the mystery has been solved. It turns out that Vova is Klara’s way of pronouncing “yozhik” (which means “hedgehog” in Russian).
What a relief!