Journalist of the American news media Vox Max Fisher in his article drew attention to one of the episodes of the animated series "The Simpsons", which shows a parody of a sharp drop in the ruble in Russia.
Episode released in 1999 and is dedicated to the choice of venue for the Olympic Games. At the meeting, the representative of the Russian Olympic Committee offers to choose Moscow, arguing that "there is the American dollar is worth seven rubles." Then it every second you receive notification: "... 12 rubles 60 rubles 1000 rubles ..." - and he flees in terror from the audience.
Of course, the joke was not so much a prediction of the current recession of the Russian economy as summarizing previous crises, which had a few "- the author notes Max Fisher.
The series "The Simpsons" first published December 17, 1989 and is still considered one of the most popular comedy projects in the history of television. A characteristic feature of "The Simpsons" are political and social jokes and parodies of American life and the ethnographic and religious characteristics of other countries.
One series of the season, "The Simpsons" was devoted to the choice of venue for the Olympic Games. At the beginning of the episode at a meeting of the representative of the Russian Olympic Committee offers Moscow, noting that "there is the American dollar is worth 7 rubles 12 rubles ... ... ... 60 rubles 1000 rubles," then runs away.
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According to Vox, this episode shows that in Russia for 15 years, in fact, nothing has changed. "Of course, the joke was not a prediction of the current slowdown of the Russian economy, but refers rather to the previous crises, of which there were a few" - the newspaper writes. It notes that the post-Soviet economy is still unstable and dependent on the price of oil and gas.
"And this economic unpredictability still plays a huge role in shaping Russian politics. This is a reminder that Putin decided ... not the main economic problem in Russia's attempts to adapt to the world after the Soviet Union" - says Vox.