“Discontent [among the ordinary Russians] has been growing for a long time: it has intensified since the pension reform was adopted in Russia. When the government steamrolled this completely irrelevant initiative, people began to realize that everything is not so good in our country,” said Denis Parfenov.
When the Russian government carries out its anti-social reforms, it takes into account the forbearance of the Russians,” Denis Parfenov, the State Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) faction, said in a conversation with Radio Aurora. “At the same time, the percentage of displeased people has been growing for quite a long time since the start of practical steps on the pension reform. The authorities are no longer able to stop it.
Of course, I can't predict the exact date on which the situation in the country will become revolutionary. However, we have to understand that protest sentiments and the percentage of people dissatisfied with the authorities are increasing in our country, and this process is absolutely objective.
“Discontent has been growing for a long time: it has intensified since the pension reform was adopted in the country. When the government steamrolled this completely irrelevant initiative, people began to realize that everything is not so good in our country, and trust in Person Number One started falling gradually.
Another issue is that the growth of dissatisfaction and protest potential does not convert into protest actions on the streets. It is no secret that the peculiarity of the Russian political culture is based on the ability of the Russian people to forbear hardships. In fact, this angelic patience is what the authorities benefit from when they carry out their antisocial reforms, because they know that there will be no sharp reaction on them from society. At one of the rallies I saw a poster saying: “Only a few are fighting, hundreds are protesting, and millions are dying in silence.” Unfortunately, this expression accurately describes our reality.
“At present, accumulation of quantitative changes is in progress, which will acquire new qualities over time,” Denis Parfenov said. It is difficult to say when this will happen: maybe tomorrow, or maybe in a year’s time. It can be also observed that the refrigerator has finally started to beat out the TV, and that is why the authorities are forced to make some concessions. At the same time, I am sure that the authorities are not able to stop the growth of public discontent – they do not have any tools for that. It is difficult to predict when the discontent grows over into a political action. Many experts believe that within one or two years serious political events stemming from people's discontent might take place in the country. In general, I agree with these predictions.”