Russian journalist on the example of Belarus explained why the Russians do not go to protests
Despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the killing of civilians, Russians do not come out to protest against the actions of the authorities. Obviously, most Russians support Putin, but certainly not all. What could be the reason for the protests in Russia and why the Russians still do not protest – read the article.
About thisChannel 24Timur Olevsky, a Russian opposition journalist for The Insider, said. According to him, it should be understood that the Russian authorities are well aware that society reacts to certain symbols.
Even political scientists claim that Russia is a country bound by symbols.
Why does Putin manage to warm up the “frog” slowly? For if he does not say that mobilization is beginning in Russia, then nothing seems to be happening. And if he says that they are starting to mobilize, then at that moment there will be a reason to object, – Olevsky noted.
Therefore, in his opinion,the Kremlin has learned to work with public opinion< /strong>, they have long understood that Russian society protests only for a certain reason.
“Relatively speaking, years pass between Putin’s presidency, and all this time people don’t protest as actively as they do on election day or at the moment when it becomes clear that the elections have been “stolen,” the journalist says.
According to him, this was the case in Belarus – in 2020 Belarusians knew perfectly well who Lukashenka was, but in order to “take to the streets” they needed an actual date associated with some event.
Olevsky cited the election day as an example, when the victory was “taken away” from Tikhanovskaya. He notes that this did not happen the day before, not the day after, although everything was clear a week later. So, the starting point should be some kind of symbol or event.
Therefore, Putin learned that one can not talk about such events, be silent so as not to give a reason. This is a sad comparison, but it is reminiscent of a shepherd who, before slaughtering a ram, affectionately looks towards the animal, not letting the ram know that he wants to stab him in the heart with a knife,” Olevsky said.
He believes that this is how the collective confusion of Russians works now, reading about the announcement of the second wave of mobilization, which will not happen, because the first has not yet ended.
What could be a reason for protests in Russia
“Such events that could “shake up” society in Russia are not happening now. So if these reasons are not created by the authorities themselves, then this is more of a disaster than the fault of the Russians.Obviously,some kind of “third force” is needed, which will create this event, about which you can go out into the street,” the journalist notes.
In his opinion, such an event can be completely different. “At the same time, sanctions, for example , will not be such an event, because they only effectively accumulate over time, so they will not be a reason to start protests,” he said.
The reason for the protests in Russia may be some kind of military action, which will take place from Ukraine in Russia. The only force that can greatly “shake up” society and become an event not to unite Russians, but to force them to take to the streets, can only be Ukraine, Olevsky said.
But he added that the authorities in Russia will do everything to prevent such an event from happening, and society cannot create it on its own.
Olevsky told why the Russians do not protest and how to change : video
By the way, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar said that in Russia there is indeed a powerful mobilization, and this is indeed a very serious challenge. According to her, this indicates that they are determined to fight for a long time.
At the same time, the main intelligence department reported that the Kremlin wants to create a two-million-strong army. The enemy is amending the laws governing the conduct of mobilization and the preparation of training centers. And the Russian oppositionist Gennady Gudkov predicted the “trapping” of Russians in shops, transport and work.