Putin orders children to quarantine for two weeks before baffling them with ‘bum’ joke

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Covid-paranoid Vladimir Putin ordered schoolchildren to quarantine for two weeks before his brainwashing face-to-face meeting in Kaliningrad yesterday.

The Russian leader stressed the importance of teaching a Kremlin-approved version of history to the selected high IQ pupils.

The health wary president who has been plagued with rumours about various illnesses in recent years took extra precautions to avoid catching Covid, with cases starting to climb again in Russia this month.

Covid-paranoid Vladimir Putin ordered schoolchildren to quarantine for two weeks before his brainwashing face-to-face meeting in Kaliningrad yesterday

Covid-paranoid Vladimir Putin ordered schoolchildren to quarantine for two weeks before his brainwashing face-to-face meeting in Kaliningrad yesterday

The Russian leader stressed the importance of teaching a Kremlin-approved version of history to the selected high IQ pupils

The Russian leader stressed the importance of teaching a Kremlin-approved version of history to the selected high IQ pupils

The Russian leader stressed the importance of teaching a Kremlin-approved version of history to the selected high IQ pupils

As well as giving the children a skewed history lesson suggesting Ukraine and Russia should be one country, Putin lectured them on the importance of discipline and baffled the children with a joke about a ‘rubber bum’.

He told the high-flying students aged nine to 12:¬†‘You need to be motivated to reach your goal.

‘And, of course, hard work. All this together is very important.

‘Working hard is a talent in itself. It’s not just, excuse me, a rubber bum.

‘It is a talent to force oneself to work, and to be able to do it productively.’

A video shows how he found the ‘rubber bum’ funny, laughing as he uttered the words during the session supposedly dedicated to ‘important’ themes for children.

Putin lectured them on the importance of discipline and baffled the children with a joke about a 'rubber bum'

Putin lectured them on the importance of discipline and baffled the children with a joke about a 'rubber bum'

Putin lectured them on the importance of discipline and baffled the children with a joke about a ‘rubber bum’

The health wary president who has been plagued with rumours about various illnesses in recent years took extra precautions to avoid catching Covid

The health wary president who has been plagued with rumours about various illnesses in recent years took extra precautions to avoid catching Covid

The health wary president who has been plagued with rumours about various illnesses in recent years took extra precautions to avoid catching Covid

But his bemused young audience remained silent and his words led to puzzlement online.

Journalist Elena Rykovtseva said: ‘God forbid – is this what he’s flogging to school kids at the ‘Speak about the Important’ session in Kaliningrad? What kind of mess is in his head? Somebody cure this president!’

Political scientist Fyodor Krashennikov dubbed Putin simply: ‘Mr. Rubber Bum.’

Another said: ‘What was it for? What did he mean by that? What does the rubber bum have to do with the subject under discussion? Someone please explain.’

One theory is that he muddled his Soviet history, and was alluding to a nickname given to notorious Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, a Bolshevik monster who personally signed off more mass execution lists than Stalin.

During Stalin times, he was known as ‘Stone Arse’ for his ability to work at his desk for 20 hours non stop.

But Molotov pedantically corrected comrades saying Soviet founder Lenin had in fact dubbed him ‘Iron A**e’.

In the session, Putin admitted about himself: ‘I can’t say I am the most disciplined.

Putin poses for pictures with participants of an open lesson titled 'Talking of What Matters'

Putin poses for pictures with participants of an open lesson titled 'Talking of What Matters'

Putin poses for pictures with participants of an open lesson titled ‘Talking of What Matters’

‘It’s clear I’ve got to work on myself. Discipline is important to succeed. But discipline alone isn’t enough.’

Elsewhere in the indoctrination session, Putin broadened the scope of the war and said he wanted to reclaim the territories he saw as traditionally Russian.

He referred to the Donbas as Russia’s ‘historical territories’, adding: ‘They started creating an anti-Russian enclave on the territory of today’s Ukraine that is threatening out country.¬†

‘So our guys who are fighting there are defending both the residents of Donbas, and defending Russia itself.’

In an hour-long question-and-answer session, Putin said he had been shocked to discover that children in east Ukraine did not know their country had been part of the Soviet Union with Russia and that correcting the record was a vital task.

He said that¬†Russian Minister of Education¬†Sergey Sergeyevich Kravtsov told him that children in the Russian-occupied Donbas ‘don’t know that the bridge to Crimea exists’ and ‘didn’t even know that Ukraine and Russia were part of a united country.’

'Everybody thinks that some kind of aggression is coming from the Russian side today,' Putin said, in a televised session that verged on the awkward as a succession of children asked to shake his hand

'Everybody thinks that some kind of aggression is coming from the Russian side today,' Putin said, in a televised session that verged on the awkward as a succession of children asked to shake his hand

‘Everybody thinks that some kind of aggression is coming from the Russian side today,’ Putin said, in a televised session that verged on the awkward as a succession of children asked to shake his hand¬†

Putin called the wave of protests that forced Ukraine’s pro-Russian president from office in 2014 a ‘coup’.

‘Everybody thinks that some kind of aggression is coming from the Russian side today,’ Putin said, in a televised session that verged on the awkward as a succession of children asked to shake his hand.

‘But nobody understands, nobody knows that, after the coup in 2014, the residents of Donetsk, a large part of Luhansk and Crimea did not want to recognise the coup,’ Putin said. ‘A war was started against them – and it was waged for eight years.’

He added: ‘On the territory of today’s Ukraine, they began to create an anti-Russian enclave that threatens our country.¬†

‘Therefore, our lads, who are fighting there, are protecting both the residents of the Donbas region, and defending Russia itself.

‘Of course, this deserves full support from society – this is very important. From young people. The lads fighting there risk their life to do so.¬†

‘Many (of them) die. So, they must understand what they are giving their life for – and this is an extremely important thing: for Russia and for the people who live in the Donbas region.’

Shortly after President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kyiv, Russia seized and annexed Crimea, and backed rebels who succeeded in taking control of parts of Luhansk and Donetsk in east Ukraine.

Kyiv and its allies dismiss the idea that Russian-speakers had been persecuted as a baseless pretext for Moscow to try to seize more of Ukraine and topple President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Putin said it was important that schools in Russia and Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine teach the Moscow-approved curriculum - which largely disavows Ukraine's sovereignty and history as an independent nation since 1991

Putin said it was important that schools in Russia and Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine teach the Moscow-approved curriculum - which largely disavows Ukraine's sovereignty and history as an independent nation since 1991

Putin said it was important that schools in Russia and Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine teach the Moscow-approved curriculum – which largely disavows Ukraine’s sovereignty and history as an independent nation since 1991

Kyiv and its allies dismiss the idea that Russian-speakers had been persecuted as a baseless pretext for Moscow to try to seize more of Ukraine and topple President Volodymyr Zelensky

Kyiv and its allies dismiss the idea that Russian-speakers had been persecuted as a baseless pretext for Moscow to try to seize more of Ukraine and topple President Volodymyr Zelensky

Kyiv and its allies dismiss the idea that Russian-speakers had been persecuted as a baseless pretext for Moscow to try to seize more of Ukraine and topple President Volodymyr Zelensky

Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Governor of Kaliningrad Oblast, Anton Alikhanov (R) during his visit in Kaliningrad

Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Governor of Kaliningrad Oblast, Anton Alikhanov (R) during his visit in Kaliningrad

Vladimir Putin (L) meets with Governor of Kaliningrad Oblast, Anton Alikhanov (R) during his visit in Kaliningrad

Putin said it was important that schools in Russia and Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine teach the Moscow-approved curriculum – which largely disavows Ukraine’s sovereignty and history as an independent nation since 1991.

Since invading Ukraine, the Kremlin has pushed schools to be more patriotic: from Thursday, all pupils start the week with a flag-raising ceremony and the playing of the national anthem.

Putin also chaired a board meeting of a new government-created youth group drawing on the traditions of the Soviet-era Komsomol and Pioneers – youth wings of the Communist Party.

The still-unnamed group is the latest iteration of attempts to forge a nationwide pro-Kremlin youth movement. 

Previous versions include the now-defunct ‘Nashi’ (‘Our People’), which had more than 100,000 members at its height in the 2000s.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Moldova on Thursday that threatening the security of Russian troops in the breakaway region of Transdniestria risked triggering military confrontation with Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Moldova on Thursday that threatening the security of Russian troops in the breakaway region of Transdniestria risked triggering military confrontation with Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Moldova on Thursday that threatening the security of Russian troops in the breakaway region of Transdniestria risked triggering military confrontation with Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Moldova on Thursday that threatening the security of Russian troops in the breakaway region of Transdniestria risked triggering military confrontation with Moscow.

Russia has stationed peacekeeping troops in Transdniestria since the early 1990s, when an armed conflict saw pro-Russian separatists wrest most of the region from Moldovan control.

The government in Chisinau, stressing it was committed to peaceful dialogue over the future of the region, said it would summon the acting Russian ambassador to make clear its position.

Russia says its army is there to maintain peace and stability, but Moldova wants Moscow to withdraw its forces.

‘Everyone should understand that any action that would threaten the security of our troops (in Transdniestria) would be considered under international law as an attack on Russia, as was the case in South Ossetia when our peacekeepers were attacked by (former Georgian President Mikheil) Saakashvili,’ Lavrov said.

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That incident, in 2008, resulted in a five-day war in which Russian forces seized several Georgian cities. Shortly afterwards, Moscow recognised South Ossetia and another Georgian breakaway territory, Abkhazia, as independent.

Transdniestria, which relies heavily on Moscow for support, reported a series of sporadic attacks in April, further raising tensions that were already high following Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, which borders Moldova.

Daniel Voda, a spokesman for the Moldovan foreign ministry, said the rights of all minorities – including Russian-speakers – were guaranteed.

‘Chisinau remains fully committed to a peaceful dialogue in (Transdniestria) and in calling Russia to withdraw troops stationed illegally on our territory. Any suggestion of a different approach is unfounded,’ he tweeted.

In order to ‘clarify the above,’ he said, Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu had ordered that the acting Russia ambassador be called in.