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“Now is the winter of our discontent” – William Shakespeare
“Civilization originates in conquest abroad and repression at home.” – Stanley Diamond
Well, the thaw may be on, but winter in Russia is just getting started! And sleepy Mishka (the Bear; or is it the Tundra Mammoth) is now facing the voice of a people clamoring at his door. Across the globe, the hunter and the hunted are exchanging places. As much as the (generally) Western media likes to portray the recent political demonstrations in Russia as yet another desperate call for real democracy, they may be woefully disappointed and disillusioned. I do not know if the Russians are sick of Putin, or just plain sick of politics as usual and the bureaucratic power hierarchies; perhaps, not unlike their American counterparts.
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