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Much overstated.

Nothing left to lose? Really? With a median income of $3000/mo and a flat tax rate of 13%? Not to dispute your point about the value and dignity of Memorial, you understand. Just that material living standards are SO far above what ANY generation of Russians has ever known that to predict mass protest and disenchantment seems exaggerated. A coup by the capital's population a la Francaise or, if you prefer, a l'Ucrainienne, maybe, but not a mass protest movement.

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