Peter Pomerantsev, Transitions Online 7 January 2013
“We own the field of ideas,” Ilya Tsentsiper told me this June as we sat in Strelka, his bar-cum-institute on the edge of the Moskva river, “and at the end of the day it is ideas that create revolutions.”
2012 was the year when Russia’s new dissidents transformed the way the country thinks about itself. Though the policy achievements of the protests are almost zero, the walls of Kremlin thinking have been breached: “The revolution in our hearts has already happened” said a poster at the protests this summer. “we want to stay and live in Russia.” But the real battle is just beginning – and the Empire is striking back.
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