Posted 7 марта 08:16
Published 7 марта 08:16
Modified 7 марта 09:24
Updated 7 марта 09:24
Dmitry Mikhailichenko, Analyst, Doctor of Philosophy
Russian society before the Special military operation started perceived the social reality surrounding it as unfair.
Given the enormous level of economic inequality and the concentration of super-riches, the resentment of the masses about this is easily explained. Global Wealth Report 2022 shows that 1% of Russians own 58.6%: this is the highest figure in the world. At the same time, the SMO records a number of significant, and possibly structural shifts in this issue. I will designate only the most convex of them.
These and many other factors work to partially rehabilitate social justice, but their impact should not be overestimated. Society may be encouraged by the fact that reality is becoming fairer, but the ruling class will retain its dominance, which means that the feeling of injustice and the production of resentment will continue. The era of SMO will involve increased attention and even political representation of those who fought, and the ruling bureaucracy is not ready for this. There are other challenges that work to increase the sense of injustice, but for now, rather, they are in sleep mode. The rhythms of managing society and its ideas remain in the hands of the ruling class, and this is the most key factor.
Especially for the "Kremlin Madman".