The Three Stooges & Ukraine

George Marx
8 min readFeb 25, 2022

The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy team active from 1922 until 1970, best remembered for their 190 short subject films by Columbia Pictures. Their hallmark styles were physical farce and slapstick. …The Stooges were often anti-heroical commentators on the class divisions and economic hardships of the Great Depression in the United States.

Two brief — videos of their work — making clear “their message” — are at:


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Ukraine has had significant conflict between pro-Russian and pro-Western factions in the 2000’s. Some examples of this are:

In November 2013, President Yanukovych did not sign the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement and instead pursued closer ties with Russia.[53][54] This move sparked protests on the streets of Kyiv. … Following the violence, the Parliament turned against Yanukovych and on February 22 voted to remove him from power … The conflict escalated rapidly, leading to the overthrow of the government of President Viktor Yanukovych and the setting up of a new government to replace it within a few days.[61] Yanukovych fled to Russia and is wanted in Ukraine for the killing of protesters.[62][63] Russia in particular holds that the transition was a “coup”.[64][65][66]

On March 4, 2020, due to a 1.5% drop in GDP (instead of a 4.5% increase at the time of the election), the Verkhovna Rada fired Honcharuk’s government and Denys Shmyhal[88] became the new Prime Minister.[89]

…On February 2, 2021, a presidential decree banned the television broadcasting of the pro-Russian TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK.[97][98]

It should be obvious that because of actions of the Russian government in Crimea and part of Ukraine as well as the rest of the major conflict(s) and action(s) — that:

“democracy” and “right and wrong” — depends upon which side one is on in this clearly two sided conflict.

The entire western border of Russia consists of NATO members, with the sole exception being Ukraine. Vladimir Putin is an autocratic leader of Russia. Russia’s relative power in the world has lessened significantly…