Strict government controls over NGO funding is pushing Russia’s civil society into a state of muted compliance
The story of Ukraine’s security police staging a planned assassination of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko provoked significant online anger and hate speech. It is an increasingly typical Russian public reaction to an ever widening range of current events.
Thinking in broad, generational terms about Russia’s young people will only lead to conflated and patronising conclusions.
Russia’s authorities do not respect the individuality of some of their own citizens, which in turn promotes public attitudes of intolerance
There is nothing unique about the way Russians are responding to authoritarian rule
25 years ago thousands of Russians took it to the streets, choosing democracy. Today, they are a part of Putin’s “majority”