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You're reading: Damon Golriz: Putin’s greatest fear is a Ukrainian success story

Few believed in the success of a civic resistance anymore. Investing in
a revolution to establish freedom and prosperity? That was a façade, a utopia.
The Arab revolts led to the conclusion that sympathizing with rebellions would
produce misery, instability and even civil war. And paradoxically, the
revolutions disguised atrocities by the ruling regimes in exchange for
stability. The most tragic example is Bashar Al-Assad in Syria. The hideous
facts in Syria assured advocates of the revolution that tolerating the tyrant
is the lesser evil for the time being. Because there is ‘no bigger evil than
the anarchy’, the activists reminded each other of the words of Sophocles.

From pessimism to optimism

However the developments of the revolution in Ukraine capsized that
pessimism. The persistent protests in the capital Kyiv ended in the collapse of
the corrupted regime and in hope for a liberal democracy. Exactly this course
of events stuck in Vladimir Putin’s throat. 

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