5 Times That Satire Crossed Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin Satire Kid

Source: Her Beat

The Nikas Awards

Vladimir Putin Satire Nikas

A shot of Yuly Gusman, left, at the 2013 Nikas. Source: The Moscow News

In 2008, the Nikas, Russia’s answer to the Oscars, had jokes about Putin and Dmitry Medvedev cut from their broadcast by a TV station. Medvedev, the man who at the time had just taken over as president while Putin switched to prime minister for a term, was hand-picked by Putin, likely because he would bend easily to Putin’s will. Humorist and Nika Awards artistic director Yuly Gusman joked to the audience, “Traditionally we have a message from the Russian president. Since clearly no one knows who our president is, you can consider it coming from me.”

A film clip shown at the awards that depicted Putin as a tsar and Medvedev his son was cut as well. This move was self-preservation on the station’s part; if they’d aired the clips, the government would have blamed them for slandering the president and prime minister. It wouldn’t have been pretty.

Leslie Maryann Neal
Leslie Maryann Neal
Leslie Maryann Neal is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. She received her BA in English from California State University, Long Beach.
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