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Russians Show Erdogan the Middle Finger

'The more we’re screwed, the stronger we grow', is a popular Russian expression that reflects the nation’s historical memory

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In its thousand year history Russia has seen hundreds of invasions from East, West, South and even North and lived through long periods of domestic oppression. And yet to sufferings that would have seemed unbearable to many other people, Russians responded not just with resistance or endurance, but with a sense of humour.

These truths come to mind when we see the cartoons of Turkey’s strongman Erdogan that flooded the blogosphere and social networks following his unprovoked attack on a Russian plane that was on a anti-terrorist mission over Syria, causing the deaths of two Russian soldiers.

 

Outrage, yes, grief, yes, grim realization of how dangerous the situation not too far from our borders is… But also humour and satire!

The Russian on-line journal Vzglyad has put together some of the cartoons depicting Erdogan as Hitler, or a terrorist, as a coward that hides behind NATO’s back.

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