“…everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious.”

—Arthur Young; 1771

When dirty tidal waves of perestroika and libertarian reforms  picked up some strange creatures from the very bottom and put them on the top of the Russian society, the history of Russia took an unpredictable turn.

Some intellectuals say that the system doesn’t match any known social system in world history as systems of the kind don’t last for a long time and sink into oblivion unnoticed.

But this is not the point.

The point is that in general people who live in Russia have never failed to astonish me; and they never will seems to me….

I remember the miners demanding coal mines being “privatized” (they were dreaming to become their own masters I presume), I realized how people voluntarily became serfs of the new feudal lords and many other things I can’t understand.

But it can be great fun to watch…


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