September 28, 2022

A Soldier Nation


A Soldier Nation
Russian troops parading on Red Square, 2017. Russian Presidential and Information Office

"We are a soldier country, a soldier nation. We will fight, it's not our first time, and so on... I feel that a rather gloomy period is ahead."

– Alexei Levinson, head of the Department of Social Cultural Investigations at Levada polling agency. In the absence of any polling post-mobilization (and any such polling, given current conditions, would be highly suspect), Levinson said he felt that while the number of protests is expected to rise, he does not foresee any kind of mass demonstration on the horizon. What has changed is that mobilization has changed the mood among the people. They can no longer ignore that the word is going on, and it could also turn on what Levinson called a "heroic modality," given the stress in recent years on the country's war history.

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