Stalin's ghost appears to Putin in a dream, and Putin asks for him help
running the country. Stalin says, "Round up and shoot all the
democrats, and then paint the inside of the Kremlin blue." "Why blue?"
Putin asks. "Ha!" says Stalin. "I knew you wouldn't ask me about the
I read this joke in Time Magazine's excellent article about Putin: A Tsar is Born
. Putin is Time Magazine's Person of the Year.