Staunton, April 9 – Vladimir Putin last week appealed to the media to work to prevent a revolution (versia.ru/putin-poprosil-zhurnalistov-rabotat-na-predotvrashhenie-revolyucij), and four Orthodox priests in Samara told university students there that the major reason they should do so is that any revolution leads to the disintegration of Russia (openrussia.org/notes/708207/
That is likely to be a compelling argument for many Russians, but the reports from Samara suggest that at least some of their students were put off by the crudeness of the message. In the words of one, speakers didn’t address the nature of revolution but only repeated over and over that “revolution is the disintegration of the country” (openrussia.org/notes/708207/
And it is likely to dawn on at least some that if Russia is so weak that any revolutionary change will lead to its disintegration into a number of parts, it is unlikely to survive in its current borders well into the future. That appreciation in turn could lead more Russians to ask just what the new units and borders might be and whether they would be better or not for those involved.