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More modern Russian humour

Since Vladimir Putin's announcement that he will attempt to reclaim the Russian Presidency, a wave of satirical comment has swept the internet. Central to this development have been certain images, inspired by rumours of Putin's admiration for Brezhnev, and by a feeling that Russia might enter a period of Brezhnevian stagnation if Putin were to be re-elected as President.
http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/4416/19265501.19/0_7c453_3186b5e1_XL
http://oper.ru/gallery/view.php?t=1048752602
http://www.snob.ru/chronicle/entry/2809

http://nnm.ru/blogs/ashkaa777/putina_zamenit_leonid_ilich_brezhnev/

http://tmt-index.ru/news/article/satire-thrives-as-putin-likened-to-brezhnev/444562.html

http://www.newsland.ru/news/detail/id/793643/

http://besttoday.ru/postimage/339.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9428000/9428786.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15553373

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Krokodil and Russian folklore

Krokodil cartoons very often employed folkloric characters and themes. Soviet graphic satire owed much to pre-revolutionary popular prints, and in some cases, Krokodil images were composed in the graphic style of Russian folk arts. In other cartoons, Soviet satirical commentary was enacted by Russian folk tale characters.
Russian folk characters were thus reimagined in a modern satirical context, and the combination of discourses created unique visions of both old and new. Stalinist folklore/'fakelore' (Dorson 1950) co-opted folk heroes in the service of the Soviet state, but Krokodil's use of these characters was satirical and thus markedly different.

Ded Moroz and Snegoruchka also commonly appeared in Soviet satire, celebrating the turn of the New Year, or warning about the change in seasons.

Countless cartoons visualised anthropomorphised animals, but a number of images also referred to less famous Russian folk tales.

Perhaps the most frequent appearances were made by …