A special note in my Cool Book today for the protesters in Barnaul, Russia. People in the Siberian city are protesting corruption in politics, both in the region and at the national level (I know, you say Whaaaat? Government corruption? In Russia??). Specifically, they’re protesting the impending switch Vladimir Putin is making from the parliament back to the presidency (after having moved from the presidency to the parliament… and taking the presidential powers with him).
Only, the authorities aren’t allowing protests of any kind, so the citizens have resorted to alternatives. Specifically:
Toys! They’ve set out Legos, South Park figures, stuffed animals, et cetera, to do what they can’t. In this one, it’s the moose and alligator on the left who just kill me. The toys are armed with signs saying things like “A thief should sit in jail, not the Kremlin” and “I’m for clean elections.”
In addition to being just adorable, here’s what so great about it – besides the obvious…
This is a no-win for the authorities. The police are denouncing this as “an unsanctioned event” and trying to apprehend the protestors (well, not the dolls. They were pretty easy to catch). This, of course, makes them look just ridiculous. So either they let it go, allow the people to set out the toys in protest, or they put out an APB on Wall-E.
Initially I’d thought about the various jokes to be made, and the list of “Other Ways They Could Protest” – and oh, it’d be delightful, trust me there – but instead I’d rather just highlight how great I think this is.
Vodka, I assume.