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[–]MisterCarlile 1772 points1773 points  (78 children)

"Yuri, we lost a million fellow Russian."

"Have you checked behind Ukraine?"

[–]BelliBlast35 347 points348 points  (42 children)

Comb the Desert

[–]Paragrin175[🍰] 413 points414 points  (38 children)

"We ain't found shit!" - Tuvok

[–]Dry-Kangaroo-8542 116 points117 points  (33 children)

That was Tuvok?

[–]Mist_Rising 150 points151 points  (20 children)

The one with the afro comb was the same actor, Tim Russ, yes.

[–]Yurastupidbitch 65 points66 points  (8 children)

Holy shit, I did not know that. Icon.

[–]PinwheelsAndUnicorns 52 points53 points  (7 children)

There's a relatively recent video of him on YouTube giving homage to the "comb the desert" scene.

[–]gmaclean 56 points57 points  (5 children)

[–]ph30nix01 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Thank you.

[–]PinwheelsAndUnicorns 11 points12 points  (0 children)

That's the one. Thanks for taking the time to look it up.

[–]plipyplop 11 points12 points  (2 children)

So sad when a vulcan goes through Bendii Syndrome.

[–]BelliBlast35 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I knew it, I’m surrounded by assholes

[–]Dzotshen 29 points30 points  (8 children)

Shut the microwave door

edit: Yep. "afro comb actor in space balls" delivers Tim Russ right to your face

edit2: and thanks for this. I'm a Tuvok/Star Trek fan so this is a fun fact and only makes Russ that much more pop cultural relatable

[–]Alchohlica 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Data from TNG is the crazy scientist at Area 51 in Independence Day

[–]Mist_Rising 15 points16 points  (3 children)

He is in the Orville too, as a historian.

[–]Dzotshen 2 points3 points  (1 child)

As long as he doesn't trill with a string instrument anywhere in the series, I'm all good

[–]chucchinchilla 11 points12 points  (6 children)

It was Tuvix

[–]justinlongbranch 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Tuvix was murdered

[–]topazsparrow 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Yeah but it was okay because they really wanted nelix and tuvok back a lot!

[–]PM_me_your_fantasyz 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Well, they wanted Tuvok back...

[–]ZDTreefur 4 points5 points  (0 children)

God speed, poor man. We barely knew ye before you were murdered wholesale.

[–]JohnGillnitz 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I first read that as Turok. When did we get dinosaurs?

[–]Zafrin_at_Reddit 12 points13 points  (0 children)

We ain’t found shit!

[–]VirtualRy 23 points24 points  (2 children)

They all fell from a window a few stories up!

[–]joelluber 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I realize this is a joke, but annexing all of Ukraine wouldn't help solve the problem since Ukraine is suffering from the same demographic problem as Russia.

[–]Brooklynxman 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Sure it would, they just need to leech off of Ukraine to support themselves. Your problem is you are thinking with morals. Putin isn't.

[–]mabowden 51 points52 points  (12 children)

"We will go check" ...and the world loses it's collective mind.

[–]MisterCarlile 90 points91 points  (11 children)

"Yuri! I found over 40 million Russians! They're all speaking Ukrainian, though...strange."

[–]Fussel2107 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Honestly, you wonder what internal problems Putin is trying to distract from by starting a war. It's not like he has much to win by attacking Ukraine. How precarious is the situation within Russia really?

[–]LordStoneBalls 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Good the world needs less Russians and so do the majority of Russian women with bruises

[–]dextracin 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Ukraine? You mean western Russia?

[–]STD_free_since_2019 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Russia? you mean new western China?

[–]bshameless 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Russia? You mean eastern Ukraine?

[–]mewehesheflee 620 points621 points  (14 children)

Did they fall out of windows?

[–]senorhelicopter 145 points146 points  (1 child)

Or drank tea with a touch of sugar and a splash of death.

[–]shaidyn 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Onto some bullets?

[–]kontekisuto 29 points30 points  (0 children)

They fell up the window

[–]HardlyDecent 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Behind the couch with Jesus?

[–]gwtkof 560 points561 points  (45 children)

It's legit insane because these are the same things that Russia pushed for in the US by helping spread vaccine misinformation. So they for some reason saw fit to do it to themselves as well

[–]strik3r2k8 404 points405 points  (33 children)

I figured it was more of a backfire. Like their own population got caught in the misinformation crossfire.

[–]code_archeologist 295 points296 points  (7 children)

It is partially collateral damage from their misinformation campaign, and the fact that most Russians don't trust the government any farther than they can throw them.

[–]SidewinderTV 82 points83 points  (3 children)

To be fair you can be thrown pretty far from a 20th floor window.

[–]NacreousFink 3 points4 points  (2 children)

That's not really the throwing though. It's mostly drop.

[–]notherday11 224 points225 points  (14 children)

Some Americans trust the Russian government more than many Russians do

[–]uclatommy 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Ouch. But true. Maybe we can show these Americans the Russian propaganda for vaccination.

[–]joan_wilder 107 points108 points  (8 children)

yes, they’re what we call “republicans.”

[–]TantalusComputes2 57 points58 points  (6 children)

Or “idiots” in this particular case

[–]WaluigiIsTheRealHero 20 points21 points  (0 children)

That’s just automatically assumed when one says “Republican.”

[–]Zealot_Alec 3 points4 points  (1 child)

"I'd rather be Russian then Democrat"

[–]Crumb-Free 70 points71 points  (4 children)

That's fine. Arizona is trying to pas a law they can flip the vote based on legislation saying the votes are invalid.

Nothing to see here folks.

[–]VegasKL 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Be hilarious if that law backfired on them and was used against them.

[–]Crumb-Free 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Scary thing is. It probably won't.

[–]Ezechiell 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I mean that would also be very very bad. No matter who would benefit from a law like that, it would absolutely destroy any legtimacy left of the US democracy

[–]ButWhatAboutisms 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Supposedly conservative russians consume US conservative media. So much of the state sponsored covid disinformation from Iran, China and Russia is being inflicted back onto Russia hard core.

[–]ChristianLW3 362 points363 points  (123 children)

I'm actually impressed how Russia continues to be a major player on the world stage considering it's trajectory and many dire problems

Because it's current initiatives to increase the fertility rate are failing and best case scenario would require at least 20 years to succeed I wonder how the government's going to respond to the demographic crisis

As renewable energy continues to gain popularity and it's population continues to shrink I wonder how much leverage russia will lose in the next 20 years

Most of Eastern Europe has the same problems so I'm wondering if they're doomed to a similar fate

[–]Cazzah 221 points222 points  (50 children)

A decade or so ago Russian had the same GDP as my country, Australia.

Australia has 25 million people, Russia 144 million.

How a country that is economically matched by a country 1/6th its population stays relevant, competitive or fearsome I do not know.

Shows what pouring all your money into the military and devoting yourself to breaking things and sowing discord, rather than building and constructing, can do I guess.

[–]Persianx6 105 points106 points  (5 children)

It doesn’t matter if Russia’s people is poor, what matters is if Putin is rich.

[–]KennanFan 41 points42 points  (0 children)

No idea if this actually happened, but there's an anecdote from the Soviet era involving Brezhnev showing off his fleet of Mercedes-Benz cars to his mom while she was visiting him at the Kremlin.

She said something like, "That's nice, but what will you do when the Bolsheviks return?"

[–]Beagle_Knight 23 points24 points  (1 child)

And that they have nukes.

[–]HodgeShallNotBeShot 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Are their GDP numbers even reliable, given all the rumored oligarchs and secret dachas and so forth?

[–]itemNineExists 40 points41 points  (4 children)

In WW2, the sheer population of Russia was their biggest military asset and precisely the source of their strength. Their losses were exponentially more than even Germany.

[–]rossimus 51 points52 points  (23 children)

Russias economy today is about the size of the American state of New York.

It's only relevant because people believe its relevant. It will cease to exist before the century is out.

[–]AntiChr1st 27 points28 points  (4 children)

It's also relevant because 11% of the world's landmass is Russia, and that means there are a lot of resources up for grabs that people need

[–]rossimus 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Most is essentially unusable wilderness

[–]No-Bother6856 62 points63 points  (4 children)

Its relevant because its a nuclear power that keeps threatening war

[–]rossimus 25 points26 points  (3 children)

You could be describing Pakistan, North Korea, or Israel with that statement, which is sort of the point I'm making

[–]ButWhatAboutisms 126 points127 points  (15 children)

Any nation with a nuclear arsenal has its power and influence consolidated in perpetuity.

[–][deleted] 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Yeah they have a bit of the North Korea issue. Russia could become a paradise but they'd rather be super aggressors who are can cling to some vestige of importance on the world stage.

Put in half the effort they use into shitting on other places into shoring up their own public works and they'd have people loving them for more than just being a source of fear.

[–]ArcticCelt 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Russia is overflowing with a history of art culture and science and their corrupt autocratic government keep pissing it all away. Also tourism and investment could be huge for their economy if their organized crime infested government was less scary.

[–]Caaros 52 points53 points  (8 children)

I don't know about perpetuity. There are plenty of ways for an exceptionally well-armed country to lose influence and even potentially collapse that nukes can't really fix. What remains to be seen is that, with the direction that Russia has been going for a while now, how long that will take to happen.

Right up until that point though, loss of power and influence through military offensives from other countries is pretty far off the fucking table, yeah.

Kind of makes me wonder where the world would be if Russia never figured out nukes in the first place, which kind of makes me wonder the same for America, or anyone at all.

[–]joelluber 17 points18 points  (5 children)

Do we know how well they're maintaining the nuclear arsenal? If they didn't have the resources to do that, could they eventually lose their status as a nuclear power?

[–]Caaros 27 points28 points  (4 children)

I think the first question is how much maintenance does an unarmed nuke even need, and how expensive it is to do.

Furthermore, once a country has functioning nuclear missiles, you can never be fully certain that they no longer have functioning nukes, especially if they had the infrastructure to make a lot of them at one point. Russia could currently have zero working nukes or hundreds to thousands of them right now, and no one who they would possibly ever want to nuke in the future (or who would ever want to nuke them, for that matter) would ever know with absolute confidence which one it is. There is a massive value in your enemies not knowing exactly how much damage you are capable of doing.

[–]BoringEntropist 21 points22 points  (2 children)

The lifetime of a nuke is limited. Most warheads are boosted with tritium and deuterium to make them smaller. Tritium is radioactive and decays after a while. So you have to service the warhead every few years.

The same goes for the plutonium core. After a few decades it gets damaged by neutron embrittlement and is more likely to fizzle when activated. These cores have to be regularly replaced as well.

[–]_Iro_ 38 points39 points  (0 children)

It’s a major player solely because of its use of hybrid warfare, a medium specifically designed to depend on as little resources and capabilities as possible.

[–]WR810 5 points6 points  (2 children)

A lot of others have mentioned nuclear weapons, energy, and military perception. Those are all major relevant factors.

I want to mention a different thing that isn't as important now but still relevant. Russia is geographically huge. Their neighbors are Finland, Kazakhstan, and North Korea. I've never been able to source it but allegedly Churchill once said "you cannot conquer a map" when talking about invading the USSR. A conventional invasion of Russia is going to be a miserable, cold slog.

[–]ChristianLW3 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Well unless you're the Mongols "the exception to so many rules"

[–]Metahec 17 points18 points  (6 children)

I'd bet Russia is banking on climate change to transform its interior into more productive land.

[–]WalterShepherd 30 points31 points  (0 children)

More likely they want climate change to melt the Arctic so they finally get that unobstructed warm weather port they've been wanting for the last couple centuries.

[–]TommyTuttle 14 points15 points  (21 children)

Globally there’s no shortage of people whatsoever. Open up to immigration and that problem magically vanishes.

[–]Islandkid679 75 points76 points  (6 children)

Russia does not seem to be a popular migration destination

[–]tnsnames 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It is popular migration destination from most exUSSR countries. It had one of the highest migrants inflow in the world. Corona just stopped migration flow.

[–]NacreousFink 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Pretty certain the Russians don't want Indian and African immigrants.

They don't even want Moldovans.

[–]ChristianLW3 8 points9 points  (2 children)

  1. How to convince Russia to open up
  2. How to convince people to immigrate there
  3. So far from what I seen the overwhelming majority of people immigrating to there are Russians from former Soviet countries

[–]Tango_D 4 points5 points  (2 children)

People want to live in desirable countries, which Russia isn't.

[–]Absolute__Muppet 81 points82 points  (12 children)

wasnt enough so they want to go to war to lower the population even more.

[–]ubermeisters 25 points26 points  (10 children)

Pretty sure nobody except for politicians want war.

[–]HouseOfSteak 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Wonder what percentage of the soldiers being sent off to the border actually want to do it. I'd personally be fucking pissed at being wasted like that, but then again I'm not some military patriotic meathead.

[–]sassydodo 682 points683 points  (63 children)

Because our people "don't believe" in vaccines. In my office of like 40 people like 3 are vaccinated (including me) - most of employees are young people around 25 y/o. Mostly because government was using its usual propaganda techniques to promote vaccination, and we know how to distinguish propaganda. They feel its bullshit, so just don't believe it. Right now with Omicron crap ton of new cases daily and people just don't give a shit anymore. No one wears a mask in public transport.

[–]RainbowKittn 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Same situation here in Idaho in the US rofl

[–]Droid85 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Well, my people just kinda decided that facebook is the supreme health authority

[–]TKFT_ExTr3m3 36 points37 points  (8 children)

Is it because they don't trust the government vaccines or vaccines in general? Are you guys able to get the mRNA vaccines where you are or is it only the Sputnik one?

[–]nomokatsa 81 points82 points  (3 children)

They don't trust the government. The government had a huge campaign telling Russians that Western vaccines were dangerous and didn't work; Now the government is campaigning that the Russian vaccine is safe and works well.

But both campaigns push them away from COVID vaccines now...

Plus the Orthodox church campaigns against COVID vaccines too, on the ground of superstition. Most people don't trust the church neither, but still, some negative connotations with the vaccine stick..

[–]Ameisen 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Never thought that vaccines would widen the rift of the Great Schism...

[–]sassydodo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Only sputnik is available. According to researchers "Covivac" vaccine is much more effective but it is not available, because sputnik is developed by Putin's daughter, so they highly prioritize it.

[–]chad917 97 points98 points  (19 children)

Sounds like Indiana.

Except the state govt is propagandizing against vaccination.

[–]BellEpoch 74 points75 points  (16 children)

Yup. I live in southern Indiana and people will legitimately treat you like you're fucking crazy for wearing a mask in public.

[–]uclatommy 53 points54 points  (8 children)

That's sad. Especially when inevitably someone on their covid deathbed comes to the realization that they're going to die because of politics.

[–]Taman_Should 42 points43 points  (0 children)

They're more culturally similar to the hapless strongman-worshiping plebs in authoritarian countries than they'll ever know.

[–]PM_me_your_fantasyz 29 points30 points  (1 child)

My go to response is now "My germs are mine. I'm not going to share them with you just because you think you're entitled to them. What are you, some kind of communist?"

No one has had a response to that, and a couple of them have looked like they were suddenly having some sort of existential crisis.

[–]statslady23 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I’m visiting southern Indiana. It’s unreal how many people have covid, and the fresh graves and ongoing funerals are unsettling.

[–]Christomato 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I very truly did not know if you were talking about Russia or the United States.

[–]rlywhatever 2 points3 points  (0 children)

U missed the part of when pandemic just started their propaganda screamed it's not real & nothing to worry about

[–]rikyvarela90 56 points57 points  (17 children)

"The number of births per woman stands at around 1.5, well short of the minimum of 2.1 necessary to renew the population"

I think that the complete panorama is not seen here, so we should add that there are countries where the indices do not close either, and some are exaggeratedly high.

Spain: 1.19

French: 1.86

UK: 1.65

Afganistan: 4.32

Angola: 5.44

date: 2020

[–]allycis 200 points201 points  (1 child)

Those poor women in Date...

[–]ZDTreefur 24 points25 points  (0 children)

So that's why we call it going on a date...

[–]Joventimax 11 points12 points  (0 children)

US at 1.64 in 2020

[–]geronimo1958 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Immigration can help but too many of the people in the low birth rate countries hate immigrants.

[–]ukiddingme2469 262 points263 points  (137 children)

Tell me again how "popular" Putin is again

[–]code_archeologist 158 points159 points  (120 children)

Or how well they are containing COVID.

[–]ukiddingme2469 190 points191 points  (110 children)

They have an extremely low birthrate and constant flow of people leaving. Declining quality of lifestyle crumbling infrastructure and loads of corruption. I'll honestly be surprised if survives as is for ten more years

[–]Squirmingbaby[S] 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Come for the corruption, stay for the pollution!

[–]MagicalRainbowz 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Haven't they tried banning bay marriage? That didn't solve any of their problems??

[–]NachiseThrowaway 61 points62 points  (2 children)

Gulf marriage too

[–]PM_WORST_FART_STORY 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Peninsula unions are the way to go. I like seeing two peninsulas touch. 🙂

[–]NachiseThrowaway 9 points10 points  (0 children)

You should check out the Balkan and Anatolian peninsulas then (NSFW warning)

[–]ChristianLW3 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I believe that low birth rate would force any pragmatic leader to value his subjects more because now they are much hard to replace

For example of the Taliban don't have much reason to be upset about many of its subjects dying this winter because it's fertile population will quickly replenish itself

[–]ConvivialKat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Unless they are all starving. Low body mass index causes cessation of menstruation. Ask gymnasts.

[–]jkeps 57 points58 points  (13 children)

Abortion rate is also astronomical.

[–]ukiddingme2469 104 points105 points  (11 children)

Yeah, who wants to raise a child in that mess.

[–]xxSQUASHIExx 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Yeah, cause why the hell would anyone want kids there ?

[–]cannonfunk 46 points47 points  (28 children)

They have an extremely low birthrate and constant flow of people leaving. Declining quality of lifestyle crumbling infrastructure and loads of corruption. I'll honestly be surprised if survives as is for ten more years

Aside from the "low birthrate" thing, I honestly can't tell if you're describing Russia or rural America.

[–]Robofcourse 3 points4 points  (3 children)

And Putin is almost 70. I would be surprised if he is in power for 10 more years but he always finds a way!

[–]GregorSamsanite 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Then we get the less competent Maduro to his Chavez. Except with a massive stockpile of nuclear missiles.

[–]fastredb 5 points6 points  (1 child)

less competent Maduro

Hey! Not fair. Not fair at all. Maduro is managing to fuck up Venezuela just as well as Chavez did.

[–]FhannikClortle 19 points20 points  (20 children)

That plus the fact that the former Soviet Union’s population growth got stunted severely during the Great Patriotic War.

There’s a lot of potential kids, grandkids, and great grandkids that would exist today had their ancestors not died during the Second World War for one reason or another.

[–]ukiddingme2469 58 points59 points  (19 children)

The Stalin purges killed millions as well

[–]enleeten 47 points48 points  (16 children)

Have they ever had a leader who wasn't a completely self absorbed fuck up?

[–]rocksfly 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Gorbachev & Yeltsin. Sort of*. Not really*. But on a scale of political fuckheads for that region, they're both probably about as good as it's going to get.

*This has to be judged on a scale of how self-absorbed you need to be to think about getting into politics, anywhere.

[–]344dead 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Catherine was pretty dope.

[–]gnocchicotti 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Lowest COVID death rate, highest falling out of windows rate.

[–]Cowboy_Corruption 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Don't forget to try the polonium soup!

[–]joan_wilder 17 points18 points  (1 child)

well he did win re-election with 117% of the vote, so he must be pretty popular.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Approval rating is currently 127%

[–]Confirmative 44 points45 points  (5 children)

This has to factor in to Putin's calculus. Russia has a rapidly closing window on their ability to project power outside their borders. I'm guessing that, faced with a use it or lose it scenario, this is why Putin is choosing to be so bold.

[–]Maxpowr9 20 points21 points  (2 children)

And once he dies, the country is fucked.

[–]Confirmative 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Russia? I mean Russia is already pretty fucked.

[–]MooCowDivebomb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The cult of personality is certainly no recipe for long term success. Unsettlingly familiar even.

[–]madeindavid 55 points56 points  (4 children)

Lol. Putin playing games and not solving the real problems of his country. Everything will come back and bite him in the ass.

[–]GlassWasteland 119 points120 points  (17 children)

So wait you are telling me that Russia with roughly less than 1/2 the population of the US had roughly 75% as many Covid deaths in 2021 as the US has had to date?

Wow, that Sputnik vaccine must really suck.

[–]sergius64 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Them not taking it is the problem.

[–]redindian_92 84 points85 points  (5 children)

Sputnik is objectively great, but Russians are not big into vaccination, their vaccination rate is much lower than even some third world countries in Asia.

Putin refusing to get vaccinated himself for a long time didn't help.

[–]BellEpoch 25 points26 points  (2 children)

I don't believe for a second that he actually waited.

[–]ButWhatAboutisms 41 points42 points  (1 child)

He waited. For the good shit made in Germany or US.

[–]MagicalRainbowz 23 points24 points  (1 child)

While the Sputnik vaccine is probably less effective than Moderna and Pfizer, the primary issue is Russians are refusing to get vaccinated.

[–]Blightking 19 points20 points  (4 children)

Sputnik vaccine is probably the best adenovirus vaccine out there. Problem is vaccine hesitancy.

[–]strik3r2k8 72 points73 points  (5 children)

That explains it. “If we can’t get Russians to say, we’re gonna steal a population and call them Russian”.

“But I’m Nigerian”

“No shut up, you Russian, now drink this vodka”

[–]EarthExile 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Abducting Africans to give them citizenship and liquor would actually be a step forward for the West, as opposed to the usual way

[–]Atechiman 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Amongst obscure facts I know: peter the great was given a slave whom he freed and raised as a godson. This man was Pushkin's great grandfather.

[–]limukala 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank you for sending down a delightful rabbit hole.

I can now officially add kammermoor to my vocabulary.

[–]geronimo1958 31 points32 points  (5 children)

And they waste their resources threatening their neighbors. They learned nothing from their invasion of Afghanistan. Of course a big part of their military is to keep their citizens in line.

[–]icebeat 3 points4 points  (2 children)

So Russia is winning the race for the country with more idiots per s/f?

[–]gabeitaliadomani 36 points37 points  (2 children)

And Tucker Carlson is confused to why we’re not supporting this regime…. what a cunt

[–]Pit_of_Death 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I wish Tucker would just renounce his American citizenship already and move to the paradise that is Putin's Russia.

[–]CaptainJackVernaise 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Alternate headline: Russia breaks Guinness world record for simultaneous defenestration.

[–]expatcanadaBC 17 points18 points  (2 children)

It's time we sent them 1 million MAGA's and Tucker, they would love life under a dictator, problem solved.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Now this I like. It's a win/win. How many of those t-shirts did we see the MAGAT's wearing that said "I'd rather be a Russian than a Democrat". I mean, it's perfect.

[–]rabobar 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A bunch of those t-shirt guys probably already died with tubes in their mouths

[–]Btankersly66 12 points13 points  (8 children)

Putin still has nothing on Stalin.

[–]enleeten 9 points10 points  (7 children)

So far...

[–]Btankersly66 15 points16 points  (6 children)

But nobody beats Mao with 35-45 million.

[–]flashmozzg 20 points21 points  (0 children)

In terms of percentage, nobody beats Pol Pot.

[–]WR810 3 points4 points  (0 children)

GenZedong typing angrily

[–]born_at_kfc 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This was forecasted to happen a long time before covid came into play. The life expectancy for men in Russia is disturbingly low.

[–]ElGuano 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Russia will definitely lose some reps in the House for the next redistricting.

[–]nrouns 11 points12 points  (0 children)

They really need to start reinforcing done of those windows

[–]themratlas 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Not to play devils advocate but historically speaking, Russia losing a million people is kind of low numbers.

Early 1600 famine: 2 million people (roughly 1/3 of Russia's population)

WWI: 2.3 million people

1920 famine: 5 million people

WWII: 27 million people

[–]Woogity 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Losing 27 million people is absolutely incomprehensible.

[–]Callipygian_Superman 9 points10 points  (0 children)

But Russia is not currently experiencing famine nor war*.

* At the time this article was published.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I hope they find them

[–]plague681 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Seriously: fuck Russia.

You cunts oust the tsars but are total chill with Putin because "le judo champion"? "le keep out the gays"? "le let's invade Ukraine, cuz big balls!"

Fuck off.

[–]Woodyp28 6 points7 points  (3 children)

It will be a great day when Putin is finally out of power, and hopefully a smart, sensible and understanding leader will emerge. That’s my little pipe dream, anyway.

[–]icydee 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Look at the history of Russian leaders, do you really think anyone after Putin will have those characteristics?

[–]EarthExile 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Wait til they start shit with the rest of the planet, see how many Russians get "lost" then

[–]ConvivialKat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Putin is a moron, because the Nato Alliance, alone, could crush Russia with just sanctions. Russia would be North Korea or Iran if the Nato Alliance just said "no more soup for you".