76 mln. views to this day (24 January). Putin along with his gang of crooks and thieves didn't expect so big number.Worth a view, by Navalny English subs...
I have an impression that Russian thieving ruling elite is disappointed and surprised by the protests. They were not so numerous as one could expect but geography of the protests is impressive - in fact protest actions took place in most of big cities across Russia. Previously only Moscow and Sankt-Peterburg were main centers of the protest activity.Putin has denied that the opulent palace and surrounding mini-statelet at the centre of Navalny’s most recent corruption accusations in the film clip linked to by @Graculus above, does not belong to him. (Despite the overwhelming evidence).
This is the difference. In the past, the Tsars could just say: “So what?” This is my God-given right.” The current neo-Tsar is forced to deny it, despite his position at the apex of the “Muscovite Mindset”.
The old order is finally beginning to crumble.
Putin's thieving regime now is openly oppressive and Russia is nothing more than police state. I'm not surprised at all.So the court reached its verdict and Navalny is being jailed and sent to a penal colony. Somewhere remote is likely and somewhere where an "accident" or "incident" could easily be arranged.
In the meantime more heads will be cracked as the Neo-Tsar asserts his authority under the Muscovite Mindset. But the Muscovite monolith is dependent on the cult-like conditioning of its millions of muzhiks and many more are now refusing the leadership's lies.
Putin will die of old age eventually, if nothing else. The thing that should be worrying people is what comes after.And from the Guardian / Observer, the main takeaway quote:
He’s been poisoned and jailed... but not silenced. Now Navalny poses the greatest threat to the president’s 21-year rulewww.theguardian.com
Very true. The "Muscovite Mindset" is very hard to move away from.Putin will die of old age eventually, if nothing else. The thing that should be worrying people is what comes after.
We know what Putin is like. There's no telling however what comes after and there's no reason to think that the political forces which brought Putin to power will produce a replacement that is more self-retrained than he has been.
Putin's Russia is Solzhenitsyn's ideas of Russian nationalism put into practice. Putin's successor is as likely to be a less restrained follower of these ideas as he is to be a fluffy lapdog of Western interests.