Russia's social contract has endured one experiment after another over the past century as the Russian Revolution, the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet system transformed the country. The system has undergone so many permutations that today it is all but obsolete, and no rule is too fundamental to break.
Russians are catching on to the one-sidedness of their arrangement with their leaders. But whatever the shortcomings of the government's social contract, national pride and geopolitical bluster have masked them....
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