10 Putin Memes That Are Probably Illegal Now
The Russian government this week announced that it is outlawing Internet memes that paint public figures in an unflattering light. Which raises a big question: There are tons of hit memes on the Russian Internet — which will the government’s media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, go after first? President Vladimir Putin himself has been a popular target of meme-sters — Russians have posted hundreds of them mocking him. Here are a few that might now be in jeopardy:
When a photographer nabbed this magical moment of a hamster riding on top of a hummingbird, a genius did what anyone would do and added Putin, referencing the infamous photo of the president riding shirtless on a horse.
Translation: “Mr. Putin/we live twice as poor.” A pretty unsanitary spoof on Mr. Clean.
Translation: “Elections 2132. I will raise Russia from its knees.”
Translation: “Help Vova and Dima [Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s nicknames] assemble the SSSR.”
Translation: “Hitler!” In Russia, politics is often a battle of the “neo-Nazis.” Calling someone a Nazi is lately just a fancy way to say you disagree with them.
Translation: “I will never give anyone my precious Russia.”
Translation: “Don’t worry, brother, when I take over America, you’ll get your Oscar.”
Translation: “In order to improve the security and stability, the Federation is going to be reorganized into the First Galactic Empire.”