I'm beginning to think that a major contributing factor to the relative weakness of Russian democracy is the awful weather in that country.
Tens of thousands of Russians protesters came out for the awkwardly-titled "March of Millions" event in Moscow the other day. The protesters were demanding Russian President Vladimir Putin's resignation (Seriously, good luck with that folks).
They came despite thundershowers and a torrential downpour. One wonders what they could have achieved in terms of popular support on a pleasant sunny afternoon. Maybe millions would have actually showed up, after all. We'll never know.
In February, similar protests went up against freezing temperatures close to minus-20 Celsius. While I have endured a bone-cracking minus-35, even a soul-destroying minus-45, anything close to minus-20 ain't exactly pleasant by comparison. It certainly is the last thing you want for a day of political protest. That's "sitting by the radiator at home with a cup of hot chocolate" weather.
It's hard enough to make the case for an only-tentatively democratic ruling regime that they need to fundamentally change when your protest is a million-strong. Tens of thousands just won't cut it, particularly when much of the country is still benefiting from an energy...More >>