This expression of popular discontent signifies shared opposition to the ruling class. However, Moscow and Beijing’s shared global vision is likely to intensify their opposition to ‘colour revolutions’ and foreign interference.
The much-discussed collapse of liberal democracy has raised questions over whether managed democracy or authoritarian rule is superior. But evidence from the US, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan suggest real democracy is alive and well.
While projections suggest the pandemic will not hurt the Russian economy as badly as feared, stagnation and inefficiency continue to hold back its growth. The Kremlin should institute deep structural reforms to boost growth and avoid a worsening deficit.