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Putin’s Star Fading

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Putin’s Star Fading

2019-09-11 17:16:381 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

For democracy activists in Russia, the real victory this week isn’t that Vladimir Putin’s party performed so poorly in Sunday’s Moscow city council election. That’s just a consequence of a far more important change in the country: the shattering of a feeling of helplessness in the face of the government’s authority. In Russia, conformism is the safest course for a vast majority of people. “Initiative shall be punished,” went a popular Soviet-era saying.

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