Could there be an upside to Putinism, viz. a rebirth of the “Soviet Joke”? The following stuck in my mind from some recent web browsing, though I can’t locate the source.
Stalin appears to Putin in a dream, says: “Valdimir Vladimirovich, I have two pieces of advice for you. One: Kill all your enemies, without fear or favor. Two: Paint the Kremlin blue.”
Putin: “Why blue?”