Edward Snowden's Half-Baked Revolution
Just six months earlier, Vasya had bailed me out of a surreal and nerve-wracking brush with death-by-grupperovka, over one of the lesser jokes published in my satirical Moscow rag, “The eXile.” Satire is not a defense in Russia, as it is here, legally or otherwise. Russia’s produced the best and most vicious satirists anywhere, and they’ve traditionally been stomped on hard. Showing that you can “laugh at yourself” and “not take yourself seriously” is not a popular social convention there. They do take themselves seriously; they don’t laugh at themselves, they’d rather laugh at you.
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