Former Gorbachev aide Aleksandr Yakovlev told a recent conference that Russia’s latest time of troubles was far from over, Kuranty reported April 21. The reason for that is that lumpen elements always seek to find absolute and immediate solutions. “The contemporary lumpen are ready to storm the Kremlin and the Duma. With Lenin on the red banner, but with the song ‘God Save the Tsar’ on their lips.” While such a revolt will become less likely as more and more people own property, Yakovlev concluded, “we are all still lumpen.”
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