There is this popular blogger in Russia who does funny reviews of video games. N has been following him since his gaming days. The point of the reviews isn’t really to review but to take a piss out of video games. The blogger uses tons of potty humor, goofy jokes, it’s not high culture but it’s sometimes funny.
Recently this blogger was given an 18-month jail sentence (suspended) for extremism because he made a joke about the Koran. “Ha, ha, I went to a public toilet, there was no toilet paper, so I used this Koran thing to wipe my ass.” The joke’s hardly funny but a jail sentence?
I’m sharing this story because there is a deep misunderstanding in the US of what Putin is and what he stands for. It’s this kind of stuff that makes Russian nationalists detest him. Putin is a globalizing imperialist of the first order. He’s not anti-globalization. He’s anti-US-led-globalization.