In Russia, political segments on TV and politicians meetings with an average folks are scripted and staged by the Kremlin. But sometimes a little drop of truth leaks through.
On May 23rd, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev got a reality check, during a visit to Crimea.
A video that went viral on social media shows Medvedev being bombarded with questions from an angry locals. Their main complaint was Russian pension, that has not been catching up to the rising cost of living.
After enduring a bit more ranting, Medvedev stated: “There just isn’t any money now. When we find money, we’ll make the adjustment.”
Then, he left senior citizens with words of encouragement: “You hang in there. Best wishes! Cheers! Take care!”
Medvedev’s statement became the meme on social media.
Alpha Bank posted on its official Twitter. But, then deleted its post.
Voice-over by Medvedev “We have no money, but you hang in there. Best wishes! Cheers! Take care!”