"Vladislav Y. Surkov, a former advertising prodigy, coined the term 'sovereign democracy' to describe his system, which preserved the electoral process but hollowed out institutions capable of challenging the Kremlin’s power. Asked by a journalist from Interfax on Tuesday why he was leaving, Mr. Surkov first answered, 'Stabilization devours its own children.'"
"I recently found myself returning to an essay from 2000 by Yuri Levada, a pioneering Russian sociologist, called 'The Wily Man.' The essay was Levada’s attempt to understand why so many pathologies of the Soviet era — the propensity for double-think and an adaptive, accommodating response to power — persisted so powerfully in modern Russia. In Levada’s telling, the wily man or woman 'not only tolerates deception, but is willing to be deceived.' Indeed, says Levada, he even 'requires self-deception for the sake of his own self-preservation.'"
"Will a Trump Tower share the skyline with the Kremlin's spires? 'We're looking at building a super-luxury residential tower, which I think Moscow desperately wants and needs,' Donald Trump was quoted as saying in the Moscow Times... 'We're so busy in Russia right now,' LeBow says, 'And everybody knows there are no deals being done these days in the U.S. There's nobody lending money, so why bother?'"