Russians are not ready to pay a heavy price for the Kremlin’s political crime

Ihor Levchenko (NGRN, Head of the Strategic Modeling Section) had talked to Russian opposition politician, publicist, economist and energy expert Vladimir Milov during the 30th Economic Forum in Karpacz, Poland.

Key points:

– Russian society is not ready to hold responsibility for Kremlin’s crimes. Russians don’t understand necessity to «pay a bill» for the better future of their country.

– Unfortunately, the majority of Russians receive information from television so far. As a consequence, the Russian mass consciousness is brainwashed by the state television.

– The Russian government is trying in every possible way to impose the ideology of the «besieged fortress». But this sense is not in demand at all. People do not enjoy living in a state of permanent confrontation. They are tired.

– Kremlin offers the society a new social contract: «If you take part in a protest – we will beat you». This formula does use to work for a long time. However Putin and his retinue have big illusions about that. They are encouraged by the latest events in Venezuela, Syria, especially in Belarus. They believe that such brutal suppression of opposition, acts of dissent and protests really works.

– Actually, there goes a «cold» civil war in Russia, because the police come to tens of thousands of people. Repressions make people angry. They demand more radical actions than those offered by the current opposition.

– I would not like the «cold» civil war to turn into a «hot» one. But Putin’s actions bring us closer to that end.

Igor Levchenko

Head of Strategic Modeling Section

He earned Master’s in Political Science at the faculty of Political and Social Studies, Kyiv Dragomanov University in 2008 and Master’s in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine in 2015. Before 2014 his expertise focused as on internal political process in Ukraine and European integration. He was political adviser for several Ukrainian MPs and political leaders.

After beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine Mr. Levchenko became a member of Security Expert Board and started his collaboration with Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies. His research focused on wide range of security and defense matters in the region of East and South Europe as well as Wide Black Sea region.

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