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When I look at societies that are confused, benighted and dysfunctional like Arab society and, alas, the Russian one I am saddened to observe a phenomenon I would describe as pointless discussions. A pointless discussion takes place when an influential group that seeks to preserve its weight imposes on society a patently idiotic discussion. Everybody begins to discuss: Is the Earth round or flat? Lets have a discussion. Is it proper to go to the American Embassy? Lets argue about it.
Within a month and a half since the Bolotnaya Square protest, Vladimir Putin has made, as I see it, one devastating, but inevitable, mistake: he opened his mouth.
They barred any party from the elections that had at least some right to call itself an opposition party, got rid of the “Against all” option on the ballot, and made the very meaning of the word “elections” meaningless. Even...
We, the Russian third class, the virtual party of Alexei Navalny, showed the ruling kleptocracy that if they want to save Russia from revolution, it needs to dump Putin. We were able to make Putins life-long dictatorship a thing of the past. Exchanging it for the lifetime dictatorship, or even two-month dictatorship, of comrade Limonov, wasnt exactly part of my plans...
The establishment of the Popular Front by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was a signal: “I will be president”. The most amazing part of the Popular Front, however, was its facelessness. Bus loads of little known organisation heads travelled...
Last week, the General Prosecutor’s Office created a small sensation when it released a statement saying that Domodedovo airport was run by foreign companies, which, the statement further read, poses a threat to national security. Such a...
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