Ok , So After reading This sentence :
As Russia has changed rapidly in the past six years , so has its sense of humor, The political Joke held sway , the secret jest that jabbed at 70 years of repressive regimes.
I've find difficulties understanding the meaning of the paragraph due to my poor vocabulary , so i looked at The oxford dictionary and google translator and i came up with following ;
Hold sway : Dominate , have a controlling influence over
a Jest : a Joke
Jab : Poke
After I Re-read again the text i still have difficulties understanding it , are the synonyms wrong ?? If so , What are the correct ones ?, Thank you.