I’ve just listened to another excellent Tim Whewell on Russia and the Pull of Putin.
And that made me re-listen to Lucy Ash’s report on Pussy Riot from a few years ago.
And now I’m listening to Maria Margaronis on Poland’s Black Protests.
And these have got me thinking about the Clash of Civilisations thesis. The conservatism in Poland and the grip of the Church on society (and politics) is very, very similar to that in Russia – but, of course, Russia is Orthodox and Poland Catholic. A Ukrainian former student 6th said you couldn’t differentiate between Catholic and Orthodox bits of Ukraine.