|Above flickr photo by I.P75 (no other name given) and |
below a yahoo image of teachers (unhappy with pay cuts)
joining the protest.
Will Putin pay attention? Or is he, like other old guard leaders, totally out of touch with the people? Lilya Shevtsova, a noted Russian political analyst, said that Putin "can crush the protests, but that can't save him in the historical perspective: recent events have delegitimized his power...We are witnessing the decline of Putin's epoch." (quoted in Timothy Heritage, "Protests Open Pandora's Box for Putin," Reuter's article, yahoo news, 8 Dec. 2011). Actually we are witnessing the delegitimization and decline of old-fashioned political rulers everywhere in the world.