Zelensky and Galkin together joke about the prohibition laws, and Solovyov laughs. No, this is not a parallel universe, but actually happens on New Year’s Day – exactly 10 years ago, writes the independent Russian site “Meduza”.
TV channel “Russia”. January 1, 2013
The popular Russian showman and TV presenter Maxim Galkin and the famous Russian comedian Vladimir Zelensky lead the program “First New Year’s Eve”. They joke about the traditions of New Year’s drunkenness, the “Olivier” salad and Philip Kirkorov. “Soviet champagne entered the Guinness Book of Records as a paradox: there is a drink, but there is no country,” says Zelensky. Galkin is outraged that even the popular cartoon “Well guess!” falls under the sanctions of the new law banning the promotion of smoking and alcohol, as children should not see the wolf smoking.
Zelensky jokes that in Galkin’s phone he is registered as a “guest worker”.
Nikolay Baskov, Yevgeny Petrosyan, Potap and Nastya participated in the program with musical performances. Vera Brezhneva blows kisses from the hall, Vladimir Solovyov laughs at Zelensky’s jokes. Oleg Gazmanov, Dmitry Guberniev, Grigory Leps and other pop stars of Russia and Ukraine are having fun at the tables.
10 years later
Russian troops invaded Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskyi is the President of Ukraine and Commander-in-Chief. Maxim Galkin, after speaking out against the war, was declared a “foreign agent” and left Russia. Vera Brezhneva is included in the unofficial lists of “unwanted artists” in Russia and is a volunteer at a humanitarian aid station.
In his journalistic broadcasts on Rossiya TV, Vladimir Solovyov calls for the destruction of Ukraine and calls Zelensky a “drug addict”.
Potap is raising funds to help victims of war.
Petrosyan, Baskov and Leps support the “special operation”.
Gazmanov announced a concert in annexed Kherson, but the show was canceled due to the retreat of Russian troops. Guberniev conducts “patriotic” concerts.
Non-stop propaganda programs in support of the war are broadcast on Rossiya 1 TV.
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