Joke of the day: Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev are cooking Kurmanbek Bakiyev on a shashlik skewer. They slowly rotate the former Kyrgyz president over an open fire. Medvedev excuses himself for a few minutes. When the Russian president returns, he sees Putin turning Bakiyev very quickly. "Vladimir Vladimirovich, what are you doing?" "Dimochka, I'm keeping Bakiyev from stealing the coal."
David Trilling is Eurasianet’s managing editor.