The Real Story of the CIA’s Secret Treasure-Trove of Soviet Jokes

Jon Waterlow
Jon Waterlow
Published in
6 min readOct 10, 2018

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Recently declassified CIA documents have been discovered to contain a cache of Soviet jokes collected by the agency in the 1980s; since historian Gene Zubovich tweeted about it, media outlets around the world have been gleefully reprinting them. It’s not hard to understand why – some of the jokes are simply irresistible:

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Jon Waterlow
Jon Waterlow

Writer & Podcaster. Into psychology, philosophy, pro-wrestling, music, mental health, psychedelics, etc. jonwaterlow.com