In 1939 Winston Churchill described Russia as:
a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma
I'm curious to try to understand Russian invasion of Ukraine from the perspective of the Russians living inside of Russia. So many questions I have. There is a lot to unpack here, so I'll just list most of the top questions that come to mind and let's see if anyone can help unravel the mystery.
Why does Russia tolerate a dictatorship? They seem to embrace many Western ideas. All except the most important one: freedom. What gives?
Does Russia not view the history of dictatorships with the same revulsion that most of the West does? Do they teach history differently in Russia? Or do the people there just not care? What's going on inside their heads?
Do they really support Putin? Or are they just afraid to speak their minds when polled? I recently read Putin polls at like 80% favorable. Which would be understandable if everyone were just afraid to say negative things. But that same poll had other government officials anywhere from 50% to 17% to 11%. But I guess that could be explained similarly if any of those officials opposed Putin. But, frankly, I don't think there is anyone in the government who opposes Putin. Hence, the dictatorial nature of his rule.
Can anyone help explain all this?