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It has already almost gone beyond parody: Vladimir Putin's spokesman actually said, when Putin was compared to Brezhnev, that is was GOOD! Brezhnev, far from being a brutal and doddery old autocrat, was actually a very positive leader in Russian History. Well compared to Putin, he certainly is: Brezhnev is now dead and can do no further harm.
No wonder that there are now quite a few Putin jokes doing the rounds, my favourite is:
The Federal Guard Service protecting
The man is taken by the
"Why are they blank then?" The man is asked
"Why bother to print? Everything is clear anyway"