Smaller and colder

An article in The Economist says that the anti-Putin protesters are coming under rising pressure in Russia. Without a galvanising event like the fraudulent Duma election in December 2011, the recent demonstration on 15 December showed it is hard to pull people onto the streets. Boris Akunin, a detective novelist who emerged as the protest movement’s moral conscience in 2011, deplores the idea of the Putin system collapsing overnight. He argues against a “peaceful revolution”, suggesting that a new civil society should seek incremental gains, and pleads for patience from supporters. The state, however, may not be so patient.

Thursday, December 20, 2012