Part XXVIII: The Ukraine Crisis
On Father’s Day, reports, oops, alleged rumors say that vested interests in the Kremlin want to rename nearly everything in Russia after Mr. Putin. Yes, starting with the capital city of Moscow, which they want to be renamed “Putingrad.” After all, today’s tribute to fathers includes the “Fatherland.”
However, pundits in Russia say that their cities are renamed only after the death of a national hero. Yes, as in the case of St. Petersburg. Following the death of Vladimir Lenin in 1924, the city was renamed Leningrad in his honor. Almost 70 years later, after the communist regime in the USSR fell, the city again took its original name, St. Petersburg, in 1991, which is what it is today.
Another example was on April 10, 1925, the city of Volgograd has renamed Stalingrad in honor of Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Communist Party. It officially recognized the city and Stalin’s role in its defense against the Whites between 1918 and 1920. On November 10, 1961, Nikita Khrushchev’s administration changed the city’s name back to Volgograd (“Volga City”) as part of his program of de-Stalinization following Stalin’s death.
Perhaps the pundits say that the vested interests may have to wait until Mr. Putin goes to the Next Life. Or, as some put it, the “Great Beyond.” Or are they hurrying up the schedule of Mr. Putin’s coming Summit with God in heaven?
But more alleged reports (or, more appropriately, rumors) say that Mr. Putin’s cronies already call their financial system the “ecoPutinomy.” Some financial “whiz kids” shorten it to “ePut,” which makes Filipino pundits jump with sarcastic joy, as “eput” is the Filipino term for “chicken sh_t.”
Critics in Russia, however, call the inflationary spiral “Putinflation.” And soaring interest rates as “Putinterest.” What would wags, humorists, and satirists come up next? But Ukrainians allegedly like better the phrase, “Putintorest forever.”
This columnist thinks that naming economic terms after Mr. Putin will make other world leaders, especially President Biden, happy. Why? Because consumers will understand more, and easily in layman’s terms, what is inflation. Ordinary workers will know what is wrecking their national economy. Putinflation results from Mr. Putin’s order to the Kremlin’s military to invade Ukraine. Mr. Biden and his fellow NATO leaders will no longer have to explain what caused inflation and high-interest rates by simply saying, “Blame Putinflation and Putinterest.”
Maybe the mutual admiration between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump will help Democrats retain their control of the US House of Representatives. And even pave the way for their super-majority in the US Senate? Maybe Democratic candidates in the 2022 elections in the US shall use “Trumputinflation” and “Trumputinterest” as the root causes of turmoil in the American economy? Will Democrats also use the “Trumputinski” factor in the oil cartel’s gouging that led to the fossil-fuels “ski-high” (sic), oops, sky-high prices?
Happy Father’s Day to all Dads, Granddads and Great-granddads.