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Russians React With Humor To Putin's Divorce Announcement

The Russian blogosphere has been awash with quips and comments since President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announced that they were about to divorce. (file photo)
The Russian blogosphere has been awash with quips and comments since President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announced that they were about to divorce. (file photo)
Within hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announced their divorce on state television on June 6, jokes about their separation became a big hit on social media, particularly on the microblogging site Twitter.

RFE/RL’s Central Newsroom has compiled a selection of some of the more notable tweets and comments.

1) "According to the law Lyudmila Putina now will get half of Russia," read one popular tweet, playing on the widely held belief that the Kremlin leader has appropriated the country’s wealth.

2) "Putin accepted his wife’s resignation and appointed her 'acting wife' until the election of a new wife" read another, referring to the "resignation" of Sergei Sobyanin as Moscow mayor this week. Russian commentators say Sobyanin, whom Putin appointed "acting mayor" after his resignation, made the move in order to secure his reelection in a snap poll that his opponents will have little time to prepare for.

3) "Medvedev will marry Lyudmila but will divorce her after four years, and Putin will remarry her," quipped another tweet. This is a reference to the constitutional ploy Putin used to remain president after serving two terms by ceding the Kremlin to Dmitry Medvedev for a four-year interregnum before returning to the Kremlin. The Russian Constitution restricts presidents to two "consecutive" terms.

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4) "Lyudmila Putina has rejected a third term. She respects the constitution," also played on Putin’s ploy of returning to the Kremlin for a third term.

5) "Now Putin can get a new surname and a chance of running for office for another 16 years in office," was another tweet that poked fun at Putin’s longevity in office.

6) "This is the result of your friendship with Berlusconi," referred to Putin's close relationship with former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is widely reputed to be a womanizer and who recently divorced his wife, Veronica Lario.
Graffiti that riffs on the opposition slogan “Rossia bez Putina” (Russia Without Putin)Graffiti that riffs on the opposition slogan “Rossia bez Putina” (Russia Without Putin)
Graffiti that riffs on the opposition slogan “Rossia bez Putina” (Russia Without Putin)
Graffiti that riffs on the opposition slogan “Rossia bez Putina” (Russia Without Putin)

7) A photograph of graffiti that riffed on the opposition slogan "Rossia bez Putina" (Russia Without Putin). The graffiti reads "Lyudmila bez Putina" (“Lyudmila Without Putin”) was also widely shared on Russian social networks.

8) "Putin said his children live in Russia. Was he talking about his children with Lyudmila?" read a tweet that referred to widespread rumors in Moscow that Putin has fathered children out of wedlock.

PHOTO GALLERY: Vladimir Putin And His Wife Lyudmila In Public

9) "Could Lyudmila become the next Hillary?" asked one tweet, referring to former U.S. first lady Hillary Clinton, who went on to become a U.S. senator, secretary of state, and is considered a potential candidate for the presidency in 2016.

10) "Lyudmila is the only Russian who managed to liberate herself from Putin," read another popular and widely shared comment.

11) And finally, "It turns out that Lyudmila Putin is a foreign agent," a reference to controversial legislation requiring NGOs receiving foreign funding to register as "foreign agents."
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
June 07, 2013 13:38
So,Lyudmilla`s gonna get half of Russia???Well,which half-the male or the female one???
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by: S Jones from: Oklahoma City
June 07, 2013 14:26
Correction: the graffiti in the picture doesn't say "Russia without Putin", it says "Ludmila without Putin".
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by: RFE/RL Editors
June 10, 2013 10:49
Thank you for your comment. If you are referring to the photo caption, it clearly says the graffiti riffs on or makes fun of the slogan you mention by altering the wording to poke fun at the current situation, i.e. "Lyudmila without Putin."

by: D H from: England
June 07, 2013 14:53
I think my favourite comment on Twitter was one that responded to Dmitry Peskov's statement that Putin would devote all of his time now to Russia, with the observation that "we have seen her in a swimsuit, and we know how many olympic medals she has"...

by: Jack from: US
June 07, 2013 17:08
after US has suffered humiliating defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan and US-sponsored Sunni terrorists are being defeated in Syria, it is high time for US public to dispel their gloom by entertaining themselves with mediocre jokes about Putin and his wife
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
June 07, 2013 19:29
Well,Lyudmilla should get Jack-no worse punishment than that with Eugenio thrown in as a free extra.And what about lady Kabayeva???
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by: Asehpe from: The Netherlands
June 08, 2013 01:25
Yes, I can see the tens, nay, hundreds of millions of Americans laughing uproariously at every Putin-Lyudmila-Kabayeva joke they hear, possibly spending countless hours of their free and even work time searching the 'net for said jokes...

And yet the little parrot on my left shoulder keeps telling me the Russians are the real joke appreciators here... ¿Verdad?
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
June 08, 2013 10:09
Aaah,my dear Assehpe,the russians cant afford much more than laughing,and its Putanin who has the last laugh-all the way to te fiery furnace-just ask the skunk on your right shoulder!!! Putin-si-yankee-no!!!

by: Anonymous from: USA
June 09, 2013 08:03
Has the Orthodox church been silent on this issue, or is it now acceptable for all Russians to get divorced? So much for Russian values being superior to Western ones. I guess no one can criticize VVP, not even the Church. I hear from other news sources that many Russian women refuse to believe that it happened even when shown video footage of VVP making the announcement. "I can't be true" they say.
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by: Konstantin from: Moscow
June 09, 2013 23:24
Russian Orthodox Church will endorse whatever Putin tells them =) But it does not mean that everybody else is automatically endorsed by this. Things like laws, be them church or civil, are applied notoriously differently in Russia depending on where you are on the power ladder

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