Comrade Putin had just completed a long day interrogating suspected enemies of the state. On the way out the gate, a guard instructs him to return to his office. There he finds his boss the General with a puzzled doctor.
General: Comrade Putin. What happened to the prisoners?
Putin, walking to the head of the first body: He ate the mushroom soup.
General: But what about the rest?
Putin, walking down the line: Mushroom soup, Mushroom soup, Mushroom soup, Mushroom soup, Mushroom soup, Mushroom soup, Mushroom soup and Mushroom soup.
Doctor: And what about the last one? (With an obvious bullet wound to the head)
Putin: He refused to eat the mushroom soup.
There are 13 names on that list. Only one managed to escape the Soviets.
Of the 12 that were caught, only one managed to survive his imprisonment. The 11 remaining members died in Soviet captivity, with only one managing to live past the end of 1943. Seven of them simply 'Died'. The other four were shot, most likely for refusing to die.
This would be a joke, but the killing goes on in Russia. Take a look at the List of journalists killed in Russia at Wikipedia which notes that "many of the journalists killed were critical of the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin."
Maybe, just maybe, one day Russia will decide that it wants to be a first-world nation. Until then, it will remain a third-world joke, and a dangerous one at that.