I sometimes refer to Russia as the Soviet Union if the subject of a conversation changes to that country or to regional politics related to Russia. I’ve been asked a couple times why, or if I knew that the Soviet Union collapsed 3 decades ago. In response, I tell the person that I may be more aware of the political situation and history of that country than they are. I then recite an amended version of the duck test:
- The military’s field uniforms (not pictured above) haven’t changed much when compared to the former Soviet uniforms.
- The national anthem sounds pretty much the same and shares the same melody, but has different wording in some places.
- They have a “President” who has been in power for 2 decades (that puppet, Medvedev, doesn’t count).
Think about it:
- If it looks like a soviet-duck…
- If it sounds like a soviet-duck…
- If it acts like a soviet-duck…
That may just be a soviet-duck, comrade.
Most often than not, people find my observation to be a funny (yet accurate) representation of the country and the actions of their leader.