I'm a student learning the Russian language, and I visit a popular Russian jokes website from time to time. There's a monthly rating list of new jokes on that website, and last month the top joke on that list was this:
Заходит как-то Путин в бар и говорит:
-- Всем пива за счет заведения!
My translation of the joke into English is in the title of my question, and I'm pretty sure I got it right from the language standpoint. More literally, the joke goes:
"One day Putin enters a bar and says, 'Beer to everyone at the expense of the house!'"
Putin's phrase in this joke is based on the common Russian expression used to buy a round of beer for the whole bar, "Beer to everyone at my expense." There seems to be nothing I could get wrong linguistically, so there must be some political context that makes the joke funny.
Given the popularity of the joke, I got very much curious about it and hope that SE users interested in politics can shed some light.