‘They stink with fear’: this is how Russians insult each other

When the sound of thunder, the weapons must be silent, as the Russian media used to joke, turning the famous Latin proverb into its opposite: the battle for the supremacy of opinion is now raging so loudly in Putin’s empire that even tanks can hardly fight. It seems that even a high-ranking diplomat like the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova (46), has become abusive.

The politician rebuked Hollywood actress Angelia Jolie, who visited Lviv, Ukraine, “Nobody believes in her sincerity.” But that’s not all: Zakharova was outraged that the media showed “sympathy” for the Ukrainians, but did not write about the eighth anniversary of the fire disaster in the trade union building in Odessa, in which 48 pro-Russian demonstrators were killed at the time. Apparently bring up “no advertising money”.

“I don’t believe in their honesty”

None of those who left Russia “out of excessive fear”, neither “media personalities”, nor “celebrities and social activists” commented. On the other hand, the Bucha mass executions immediately became a problem in these circles, Zakharova said in her Telegram profile: “I do not believe in their honesty either. I think that their” true patriotism “cannot be awakened without money, and if the Motherland, Without asking them anything directly, just expecting decent behavior, they stink with fear.”

One would have expected less harsh words from a senior diplomat, but its head, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, just caused himself a lot of damage with incomprehensible remarks.

Quite a few fuse blown

The fact that Hitler allegedly had “Jewish blood” inside of him (“I could be wrong too”) and that Jews were said to be the most anti-Semitic (“there are black sheep everywhere”), as Lavrov claimed on Italian television, caused a huge uproar in Israel’s indignation. . Apparently, quite a few fuses in the Russian Foreign Ministry have blown, because Israel has a large population of Russian origin and has not yet been one of the declared opponents of the Kremlin, but one of the circle of potential mediators.

But Putin’s propaganda machine appears to have faltered. The most aggressive loudspeakers in the Kremlin have come under great pressure. For example, the head of the Russian channel RT Russia, Margarita Semongan (42), had to be reprimanded by one of the most famous stars for insulting the famous TV presenter and anti-war Maxim Galkin (45 years old) as a “gay”, which because of this The money had an “old woman”, singer Alla Pugacheva (73), with whom he had been living in Israel for a few weeks.

“You start spreading mold”

Kremlin darling and music icon Philippe Kerkoro (55), who resembles fashion designer Harald Glockler, commented on this gaffe with the words: “I am increasingly noticing an increase in internal aggression against each other. We are a multinational people. And now, when I see the stigma of people for whom Different viewpoints make me bitter. You witch hunters are deepening internal divisions. I have begun to spread corruption.”

Stars such as Anna Netrebko and Putin’s renegade child Ksenia Sobchak welcomed the appeal. On the other hand, RT editor-in-chief Anton Krasuki expressed his outrage that Kirkorov has “nonsense in the mouth” of Russian society, saying that he is more “harmonious and united” than ever. Actress Maria Shukshina, 54, called Kirkorov’s tour a “diabolical show” because the pop singer had a cross who jumped on stage and danced on it. Others banned “rainbow feathers” from well-known celebrities.

Only negativity, anger and hate

Margarita Simonyan can confidently relate Kirkorov’s criticisms to herself personally. But a woman like her, who, by her own admission, is not afraid even of nuclear war, because everyone must die, will not be affected by the threats of the circles of Pugacheva’s admirers, who declared that they would “crush them”: “We must do some evil and punish insolence, those who break the law Sarcastically and maliciously ”, he attacked the followers of the legendary singer Simonyan.

Singer and opponent of the war Sergey Lazarev (39 years old) finds the current mood in Russia so aggressive that he declared a “creative break”: “It is very difficult for me in such a turbulent time, where there is only negativity, anger and hatred there to inspire. It is difficult. Too much to resist it all. In moments like this, you want to lock yourself up and not let anyone into your world.”

“The Abominable Liberal Pit”

Only one person might be more unscrupulous than Simonyan: TV speaker and friend of Putin Vladimir Solovyov, 58, who is now in trouble for denouncing Yekaterinburg as a “disgusting pit of liberalism”. Since then, a wave of anger like no other has swept the extremists, with local patriots threatening lawyers, saying that he should prepare himself for a beating, and they can hardly be sold as “Ukrainian subversive”. Boxer and Olympic champion Igor Michuntsev (37) wrote about Solovyov’s failures: “You are the neo-Nazi you are talking about. You divide people into Urals and Muscovites, into Ukrainians and Russians. You are the villain.”

“Grunt! That’s a new word!”

Ironically, right-wing politician Ilya Wiktowich Lazarenko, 48, should have been told by nationalist Solovyov that he had “allowed an old fart” and that his opinions about Yekaterinburg were just “grunts” – an expression that has made his career since: “Grunts! It’s a new word It was especially loved by those who did not like Putin or “special operations”, according to pro-Kremlin political scientist Sergei Markov (64).

Since then, discussion forums have been buzzing, and opponents have concrete doubts: “The presidential administration is rapidly losing control of the situation. The puppets have become independent and each of them line up as he sees fit.” The widespread “Moskovsky Komsomolets” wrote: “Manhood is not made by rock-bottom language, but by regular visits to the gym and sincere recognition of one’s mistakes.”

Ukrainian journalist Sergei Naumovich commented on the sharp dispute that “the level of communication within the Russian Federation” has reached a “new high point”, which is likely to mean a low point.

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