A wave of ridicule was unleashed on Russian social media after the Czech police recognized two suspects, who seemed to be associated to a 2014 blast. They are the identical individuals the UK accused of the high-profile Skripal poisoning.
A diplomatic scandal rocked Russian-Czech relations this weekend simply earlier than a scheduled go to to Moscow by Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek. Prague expelled 18 Russian diplomats and accused Moscow of sending intelligence brokers to explode a munitions depot a couple of years in the past.
The information would have been acquired with a lot much less amusement in Russia, have been it not for the alleged identification of the suspected saboteurs. While the Czech police didn’t immediately point out the 2014 explosion, they named the area the place it came about – and pointed the finger on the similar individuals, who already stand accused by Britain of going after Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury in 2018. Best often known as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, they’re stated to be brokers of the Russian army intelligence company, the GRU.
The timing of the revelation and the extremely publicized identities of the accused left many individuals in Russia with little doubt that it was merely a PR stunt aimed in opposition to Moscow. They responded with jokes and memes.
“Here is Petrov and Boshirov cooking ‘Novichok’ poison in Prague. Footage by the Czech intelligence,” one jester stated, posting a fraction of a cult Czech youngsters’s animation produced within the late 1960s.
Петров и Боширов варят «новичок» в Праге.Съемка чешской разведки. pic.twitter.com/UizMGx7hm0
— Борис 🇷🇺 🇧🇾 (@BorisPrimorye) April 18, 2021
Another one posted ‘photo evidence’ exhibiting the duo blowing up the depot. It comes from one other Soviet children’ favourite, Poland’s ‘Bolek and Lolek’ toons.
Yet one other submit ‘showed’ Petrov and Boshirov taking orders from Vladimir Putin himself. This one was a tongue-in-cheek joke, contemplating what animation it refers to. It is a couple of faculty scholar who needs to be a freerider making others do his chores, however will get burned many times, together with by the 2 hapless ‘helpers’ who observe his each instruction within the worst potential manner.
Other commenters centered on which different crimes Petrov and Boshirov could be accused of committing subsequent. Could it’s that the Suez-blocking incident was truly Putin taking part in five-dimensional chess?
Смотри Петров входим в Суэцкий канал.Понял,Боширов.Все сделаем правильно. pic.twitter.com/CY7970xYyN
— Корефан (@dabkor) April 18, 2021
How about the assassination of JFK, the assault on Pearl Harbor and Joe Biden’s resent wrestle with accending a stair to Air Force One? Could it’s that the identical ‘Russian agents’ posed as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to pen the Communist Manifesto? Were the precise final phrases of Julius Caesar’s “Et tu Bashirov?” And the place have been these two individuals when the Covid-19 outbreak began in China?
Историки доподлинно установили, что кричал Цезарь во время его убийства:- И вы, Боширов и Петров!!! pic.twitter.com/lSw4UlX0P0
— Гролль Владимир (@GrollV) April 18, 2021
One commenter summed up the response: “The message ‘Petrov and Boshirov were here’ is being discovered by comedians in an increasing number of NATO Allies.”
Надпись “Здесь были Боширов и Петров” находят юмористы все новых стран НАТО
— HigherCause (@highercause) April 18, 2021
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