Unthinking Russians

Just off Old Arbat Street last week, a human rights activist who often serves as the country’s conscience, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, 88, was sunk deeply into a dark blue couch. Her Moscow Helsinki Group has shrunk to seven employees, down from 17 in 2013. It stopped taking funding from outside Russia to avoid being labeled a foreign agent. ... “What has surprised me and saddened me most was that after these 20 years of being connected to the world, of media, of freedoms, we still have not learned to think for ourselves,” she said.
- Sabrina Taverns, A Moscow of Dancing Feet, Under an Iron Fist, New York Times, August 8, 2015

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