That approach appears to be based on the idea that ultimately if something matters to the powers that be, it will matter to the population. But new polls suggest that is not the case: the Kremlin is focused on Venezuela just now, but the population is almost entirely indifferent to what is going on there, focusing instead on its own concerns.
In short, Shelin says, the world of those in power and the world of the Russian population are increasingly separate and do not intersect. And those in each of these worlds go about their business largely indifferent to what those in the other world think and do. And that means something potentially very dangerous:
“The ability of the powers that be to impose on the subjects their intellectual and living priorities is declining … This is dictated by the natural course of events … But live divided by agendas in this way cannot continue for too long. The bosses and the people need to remember about each other.”
Otherwise the situation will spin out of control in unpredictable ways.