Нерезультативная Власть

МОСКВА – На протяжении более двух десятилетий, август оказывался самым жестоким месяцем для российских лидеров. Августовский путч 1991 года привел к уходу президента Михаила Горбачева и распаду Советского Союза. В августе 1998 дефолт и крах рубля затмили рыночные реформы президента Бориса Ельцина и привели к увольнению его премьер-министра Сергея Кириенко.

Следующим августом, больной и немощный Ельцин объявил, что Владимир Путин, четвертый премьер-министр за тот год, в скором времени вступит на должность президента. Четыре года спустя, в августе 2003 года, инспирированный Кремлем налоговый налет на ведущего российского олигарха Михаила Ходорковского и последующая конфискация его нефтяной компании ЮКОС, продемонстрировали, что именно Путин имел в виду, когда говорил о «диктатуре закона».

Это проклятие конца лета теперь предшествует «декабрьским страданиям», по крайней мере для активистов демократии. В декабре 2011 года массовые протесты против фальсификации Путинских выборов и его предстоящего третьего президентского срока быстро выдохлись. Точно так же, декабрь 2013 (та самая «чертова дюжина» суеверных россиян) был полон примет.

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