Staunton, October 10 – “Apathy and alienation from politics are the basis of the present-day political system in the Russian Federation, non-participation in it, demonstrative approval of the powers together with a very great indifference or eve extremely critical attitude toward it,” according to Lev Gudkov.
Thus, Russians are like what they were in the last years of Soviet power and the high rating they give Putin “is not love, not sympathy, not even particular respect for the president but rather an expression of the weakness or ineffectiveness of all institution,” the Levada Center director says (profile.ru/politika/item/120279-my-vozvrashchaemsya-v-pozdnesovetskie-vremena
“the enormous mass of social dissatisfaction is not represented at all. Therefore,there is no support or representation of these groups of the population and no resources for that organization which could unite various groups of protesters and represent them as a political movement.”
And as a result, “the demagogy of the authorities, which promises citizens to solve even their local problems, is thus effective.”