Actually, my title is wrong, the 'Thugskis', by which I mean Russian gangsters, are already here and have been here for years, certainly as long as Putin has been the 'Commisar Capo' running Russia. Last night the BBC broadcast the first episode of a new thriller called, for no reason I can think of, 'McMafia'! This is based on émigré Russian gangsters whose accents are unintelligible whether they are speaking English or Russian. Needless to say, given that this is a BBC production, the subtitles provided during the Russian-speaking scenes are so tiny that you need to be on your knees before the screen to be able to read them! To add to the confusion, it appears that many of the 'Rooskies' are actually Jews! Given the confusing Scottish title to this series, for the first time ever I am looking forward to some broad Jock accents to really add to the already incomprehensible performances.
In another of those weird 'coincidence-thingies' which plague my life, during the night I heard on my radio an interview with some expert on Russian affairs who claimed, and I believe him, that Putin has, in effect, sold Mother Russia, or at least, all her major industries, to various gangsters in order to keep them in support of his 'kleptocracy'. Fair enough, I suppose, given that Russia has always worked with variations on this theme but I can't help wondering what will happen when either 'Vlad' is fitted with concrete boots or the Russian 'peeps' wake up and realise that all that 'bread and circuses' routine with which they have been captivated over the years has been reduced to just 'circuses', like the eye-wateringly expensive winter Olympics or the World Cup, and that the actual 'bread' has disappeared?