Jens Siegert: "Putin and Civil Society"

posted 23 Jun 2013, 11:57 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Jun 2013, 12:00 ]
12 June 2013

Jens Siegert 

Source: Jen Siegert's Russia BlogBoell Foundation

The first year of Putin’s Presidency (3rd edition) could be explained quite easily. Since last summer, following the 2011-12 winter of protest, which scared the hell out of Putin and his allies, they have been on the counter-offensive. This is in line with the old Chekist adage whereby the counterattack always has to be harder than the original attack that has been averted. Furthermore, it has to hit the opponent in the most sensitive, preferably vital, spot. This might explain the new repressive legislative overkill. Additionally, from this perspective, the choice of the key target – Russia’s independent NGO scene – makes perfect sense. This, as I have said earlier, would be a quick and straightforward explanation, and it certainly does ring true. However, it explains only one side of things and says precious little about another. [Read more]