Ruminations on Russia has taken La Russophobe’s recent interview, and run with it, in “an attempt to lift the La Russophobe debate out of the mire.” And he’s picked a pretty controversial topic – democracy in Russia.
He manages to cover a wide spread of issues in just one post including – most impressively – managing to condense Russia’s post-Soviet history into a mere 20 words. The section which struck me the most, though, was this:
Democracy is not the answer to Russia’s problems, actually in today’s environment it may add to them. Would Russia would be better if it were democratic is like asking if you prefer peace to war – the answer is axiomatic. However, democracy is not about voting and the right to vote. That is purely the symbol. Real democracy can only happen when rights and responsibilities are balanced. Russia is not there yet.
I think he’s right – the question is, of course, how does Russia get from here to there?