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Hammer & tickle 18th May 2006

The best communist joke (May) I heard in the 1980s was the one about the old Russian lady’s responses to the official questionnaire for the Soviet census. She was asked: a) where were you born? b) where did you grow up? c) where do you live? d) where would you like to live? She answered: a) Saint Petersburg, b) Petrograd, c) Leningrad, d) Saint Petersburg. One can only wonder: is the joke on her nowadays?

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