Last year’s ‘partial mobilisation’ triggered a backlash against the Kremlin and Putin is fearful of a repeat.
Ordinary Russians are unable to protest against the Ukraine war. But evidence of covert resistance is everywhere.
The more apparent it is that Russia is losing, the more forcefully Vladimir Putin declares that it is not.
Mikhail Gorbachev was Russia’s last liberal leader. His spirit lives on for the next.
Refusing to engage with Russian culture will not change Putin’s calculations, let alone impel him to withdraw from Ukraine.
The Kremlin’s negation of the Nobel laureate’s legacy represents another step backwards which could lead to nuclear war.
The siloviki who gained power during Putin’s early years have been replaced by faceless security technocrats—real heirs to the KGB.
By attacking another European country, Putin crossed a line drawn after World War II. But he also changed Russia.
Today’s protest movement has a charismatic and sympathetic leader but Putin has spent the last decade consolidating a police state.