Cracks in Putin’s armor
A groundswell of protests threatens the status quo in Russia
”Is it time to bury Vladimir Putin?” a local TV anchorwoman in Russia asked while introducing a news segment late last month. She had, of course, misspoken: the segment was about a proposal to inter Vladimir Lenin, the revolutionary leader whose mummified remains are displayed in a Kremlin mausoleum. But this possibly Freudian slip, which propelled the newswoman to sudden Internet stardom, captured the real question Russia debates as it lurches toward the March 4 presidential elections.