- Contrary to what some may think, we don’t have a tradition of a violent overthrow of our autocrats. Our last czar abdicated of his free will long before he got killed. Gorbachev was at least partly complicit in the coup against him, and wasn’t really overthrown, he rather saw his country disappear underneath him.
- The Communist revolution in 1917 and everything that happened afterwards has traumatized the nation to the degree that makes even a kind of non-violent Velvet revolution very unlikely for another generation or two.
- Putin, despite his missteps and assumed misdeeds, has been the best ruler the country has had since the dawn of times. He may drop the ball, and everyone may turn against him, like it happened with Gorbachev, but for now he has an iron grip on power.
- Russians are not a legalistic nation. We think that court prosecution is something corrupt people in power do to humiliate and annihilate their enemies. Deep down inside, we ‘re sure that evil people always win. Those among us who believe in God like to think the bad guys maybe get due justice in the next life. But the truth is, most of us are atheists.