AT Washington Post and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article by Alexei Navalny about what should be the real end of Putin’s criminal war and what Russia should be like in the future.
The Washington Post has the full text available at Russian and English languages.
The image of the future for Russia is not “strong power” and “firm hand”, but consent, agreement and consideration of the interests of the whole society. Russia needs a parliamentary republic, and only it will stop the endless cycle of self-reviving imperial authoritarianism.
Of course, even a parliamentary republic does not give 100% guarantees. Perhaps right now we are witnessing a transition to authoritarianism in parliamentary India. After the usurpation of power, parliamentary Turkey was turned into a presidential one. The core of Putin’s European fan club is paradoxically located in parliamentary Hungary.
And the very concept of “parliamentary republic” is too broad.
However, I propose to see the main thing in this medicine: a radical reduction in power in the hands of one person, the formation of a government by a parliamentary majority, an independent judiciary, a significant increase in the powers of local authorities. This has never happened in Russia in all of history, and we desperately need it.
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