Staunton, August 7 – In Putin’s third term, “a regionalization of [Russian] politics is taking place,” Vadim Shtepa says, because the Kremlin has blocked the opposition from being able to compete at the federal level. But because that is so, the Kremlin has particular reason to fear the possibility of the emergence of an opposition bloc in the Moscow city council.
That is because, the regionalist writer says in a commentary for Tallinn’s Postimees newspaper, such a group could become a kind of repetition of the Inter-Regional Deputies Group which arose in the USSR Congress of Peoples Deputies 30 years ago and played a key role in the demise of the Soviet Union (rus.postimees.ee/6747491/pochemu-kreml-boitsya-moskovskoy-oppozicii region.expert/moscow-opposition/
According to Stepa, “the main enemy of the Moscow opposition is not only the dictatorial powers that be which are preventing free elections but also the imperial-centralist worldview in which this opposition alas up to now still is aligned with those authorities. If it frees itself from that, it will be able to change the course of history.”