Russia Decides To Let The Internet Name Putin’s New Missile

Ryan Pickrell | China/Asia Pacific Reporter

Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed Thursday that Russia is developing a new nuclear cruise missile, but the Kremlin needs ideas for a name, according to the Russian defense ministry.

“No one listened to us, but you will listen to us now,” Putin said Thursday, revealing a handful of strategic arms designed to give Russia the edge in an escalating arms race with the West. Putin claimed that Russia has tested a nuclear-powered cruise missile with intercontinental range that can bypass enemy defenses, but the weapon lacks a name.

The Russian government is looking for submissions from the people.

Twitter users were quick to troll the Russian government, offering suggestions such as “Rocket McRocketface,” “Missile McMissileface,” “Nukey McNukeface,” and “Bankrupty McTheRussianPeople-Face.”

Such responses were to be expected.

When Britain’s Natural Environmental Research Council decided to ask the internet to name its new polar research ship two years ago, the clear frontrunner was Boaty McBoatface.

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Another Twitter user suggested that Putin’s new missile should be called “Over Compensation.”

While Putin boasted of his new cruise missile as though it was almost operational, U.S. officials have reportedly revealed that the missile is still in the research and development phase and crashed during recent testing.

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