So, where do you think this quote comes from?
"Enough!" ... "Enough lies, enough servility, enough cowardice. Let's remember, finally, that we are all citizens. Proud citizens of a proud nation!"From some dude in a funky 18th century outfit at a Tea Party march? Not quite.
It is quoted in a broader context from an absolute must read in an article in FP by Leon Aron titled, Everything You Think You Know About the Collapse of the Soviet Union Is Wrong.
Looking back at the fall of the Soviet Union - it was something that just came out of nowhere and took everyone - not at least the people of the Warsaw Pact - by surprise. Some people would talk about the end of the Soviet Union - but that time in that way? No.
The above quote comes from a novella and movie by Boris Vasiliev about the WWII period in Russia, Tomorrow Was the War - the Russians are different, but as people have historically wanted freedom as much as anyone else.
Russia is a strange place for a Westerner to ponder - even a Russian for that matter. A nation that took a German political concept and turned it in to one of history's most oppressive death machines is still looking for liberty, in a fashion.
Here is another quote for you;
In the past Russia needed liberty to live [better]; it must now have it in order to survive.… The challenge of our times is an overhaul of the system of values, the forging of new consciousness. We cannot build a new country with the old thinking.… The best investment [the state can make in man] is Liberty and the Rule of Law. And respect for man's Dignity.That is from this FEB's by the Institute of Contemporary Development, a liberal think tank chaired by President Dmitry Medvedev.
They have an election in 2012 too.