The Kremlin has failed to learn from Gorbachev’s mistakes

The Financial Times publishes an opinion editorial by Russian journalist Konstantin von Eggert arguing that the recent Moscow Mayoral election shows that there are significant signs of a shift in Russian society. One can lull oneself into thinking that the percentage of those who support the opposition is small. But in such circumstances, small mobilised political minorities can actually thrive and frequently impose their rules of the game on inactive majorities. In a country with a top-heavy executive, a cynical and mistrustful population and emaciated institutions, this is a sure recipe for quick and revolutionary change.

Thursday, September 12, 2013