Staunton, Nov. 4 – The increasing number of cases being brought against those who supposedly have offended religious believers are not the result of “a desire of the powers that be to please the broad conservative masses,” Sergey Shelin says. Instead, they are a playing out of passions within the elite itself, with little thought to what the population thinks.
There is little positive response among the population to the regime’s ostensible defense of their feelings, the Rosbalt commentator says. In fact, polls show that large swaths of Russians and especially younger ones are appalled by what the regime is doing and sympathize with those being charged (https://www.rosbalt.ru/blogs/2021/11/04/1929572.html
quite often speak of the reprisals as savagery and insanity. Only officials performing their duties praise what is going on.”
In this way as in others, the powers that be are not pleasing the people at all, and that means that what is taking place here has nothing to do with the people but rather with “passions raging within the ruling circles.” For the members of this group, “aggressive and vengeful feelings overshadow everything else.”
And as a result, what is going on is not some kind of political outreach to the masses but a game within the elite with its members competing with each other in showing how far they are prepared to go to satisfy what they have concluded are the desires of those at the very top of the pyramid.