Protests are occuring in Russia with greater frequency. In general, they have become more directly political and involve a widening geographic and demographic range. But the state is responding in ever more sophisticated ways to limit their impact.
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.
Transformation of the Soviet terror into an ethical, legal and memory issue, similar to that of American slavery or the Holocaust, could greatly contribute to the development of both legal and political culture in Russia