You’re absolutely right. People deserve the government they have. All the kitchen acid talks are still kept in private, those “discordant” who march in Moscow streets every November are as miserable as those who still prefer to discuss politics while dining in a small group of three. If a new party appears in the political area, a party led by quite wise men, experienced, professional, it is always tend to join the main idea of keeping the right course chosen by the Leading Party. This is what makes me puzzled. I suppose we need at least one another party, same powerful, rich, whose ideas share many citizens, intelligent party. The one was created by the government, the next one is supposed to be created by the “masses of people”, from below. I guess it’s not the United Russia’s issue to create an opposition. If there is no any opposition in the country, why the Leading party to blame? Probably something is wrong with the people. Probably we just talk and are not actually willing to change anything. And the existent opposition (Kasparov? Kasianov? who then?) can’t make people follow them?
I wonder why you have activated the talk just after Putin agreed to become a head of the Party? It was expected, I believe.