Maybe not in his pecs. We have been following the Russian situation closely, and the Christmas Eve protests in Moscow were quite incredible in the face of the propaganda and corruption inside the regime of Vladimir Putin. Protests on a mass scale in Russia are always a good sign that the totalitarian qualities of Putin are not winning or being followed by a subservient mass. The WSJ has a nice summary of the events unfolding for Putin, and how Russia got to where it is now.
The author writes, “The weakness of today’s Russia is that Communist values were never succeeded by genuinely democratic norms. Without these norms, Mr. Putin’s desire to rule forever is unrealistic. Even the effect of relative prosperity begins to wear off for a population forced to live with rampant lawlessness. This is the reason that the waves of protest in Russia will continue—and that, 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians have another chance to gain the democracy that they sought but didn’t achieve after Communism’s fall.”
From The Citrus Report