As thousands of Kyivites get fired, Kyiv Mayor Leonid “Kosmos” Chernovetsky imports a Finnish Santa Claus and paints the sky with fireworks.
On December 20, Kyivites witnessed the best of bread and circuses.
The Finnish Santa Claus-for-hire
Kyiv Mayor Leonid "Kosmos" Chernovetsky: Kyiv has many problems, but today we will not talk about bad things. Today, there’s a holiday waiting for us. At the City Hall, we prepared for you the best, the tallest, the most beautiful, and the fluffiest Christmas tree. It’s made up of four hundred…and fifty pines. We spent half a million hryvnias on it.
Bystander: Let’s not talk about how much we spent!
Mayor Chernovetsky: Every year, we add one meter to the Christmas tree. Soon, it will reach the sky. Citizens, have fun! It’s all for you! Now, I have the magic word. I suppose the Christmas tree should be lit. You’re not screaming loud enough! Louder!
Finito la comedia!
P.S. Here’s a funny Soviet postcard I found by happenstance.
Happy New Year!