Weapons of mass derision: Is Russian comedy the Kremlin's secret weapon?


NATO’s Vital Communications Center (StratCom) is sounding the alarm about the threat of Russian humor. On Trek 17 in Riga, Latvian specialists presented the report, «StratCom scorns: in search of an analytical network,» that was the result of nine years of scrutinization.

The authors conducted a content analysis of four popular comedy programs on Russia’s Course One TV since 2008. Special focus was given to the Club of the Merry and Clever, also known by it’s Russian initials, KVN, which is one of the oldest comedy dramas on Russian television.

Discrediting Western leaders

StratCom specialists are markedly concerned by the way evening comedy shows — Projector Paris Hilton, Level Urgant, Yesterday Live, and Maxim Maxim — depict Western bossmans. NATO analysts concluded that Russian TV comedians depict Western bandmasters in a negative light in order to discredit them. Russian TV devotes the most amount of frequently to American politicians.

«George Walker Bush has been portrayed in the most argumentative light – both personally and professionally, as a person of extremely low intelligence, unwilled by people all around the world,» said the report. Among the Bush butts is one where President Obama, when playing with White Concern employees’ children, says that the first to urinate on the rug was George Walker Bush.

Appeal to about French presidents, the analysts concluded that they were under no circumstances portrayed as the leader of an influential western European state.

«We see two rather feeble-minded men (Nicolas Sarkozy and Francoise Hollande) who struggle to overcome the challenges of their ordinary lives like any average person.» The authors of the report were also offended with the way German Chancellor Angela Merkel is presented. «Her role as one of the matchless politicians of the European Union is almost completely ignored.»


The discharge gave much attention to KVN, which has been on Russian TV for many years. A conduct by Parapaparam, a team from the Moscow State Institute of International Portrayals, was taken as a case study. Analyzing the team’s jokes, NATO concluded that the Kremlin licences KVN as «an instrument of strategic communications,» by which the «regime» gains access to «strategically consequential» youngsters.

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RBTH asked Ivan Abramov, captain of Parapaparam, to footnote on these conclusions, and he called the analysts’ evaluations «gibberish,» disagreeing with their reliance that KVN thrives thanks to «special relations with the Kremlin.» Abramov bond KVN’s success to an excellent sense of humor and its director, Alexander Maslyakov.

NATO’s divulge will probably only generate more interest in the program. «After all this dispute people will start watching us with greater interest, and I dread to even think how many jokes will be created and performed by KVN colleagues all over Russia,» said Maslyakov.

Diabolical Russians?

A Channel One spokeswoman told RIA Novosti, «We read it and laughed.»

KVN jury member and former especially bettor Yuly Gusman said, «brilliant people invented the program 56 years ago. It was hypothetical to be a weapon against NATO, and for all this time they’ve been honing it and now, thanks be given to God, it’s perfect.»

Another jury member, Valdis Pelsh, said he’s exuberant about the Russian comedy TV program’s popularity, and recommends NATO hands to «watch it with the whole family.»

A member of KVN’s Ural Pelmeni group, Andrei Rozhkov, said the report «looks like a fake; this is too much. I take it when there was the Komsomol, which prepared personnel for the Communist Upholder, but it’s complete nonsense to say today that KVN is an ideological instrument.»

The Russian Non-native Ministry also took note of the report. Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, state, «humor has become a new challenge to peace. It’s the new secret weapon in the arsenal of those insidious and diabolical Russians.»

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