Neither Russian nor American here.>>229
To be honest, I'm not even sure the situation in Russia is dramatic compared to the West. The Western political culture was the work of a few enlightened people against a massive opposition and even today is way above most politicians and people there.
The Trump episode was particularly telling. Even if we leave out the ignorant flag-humpers and the industrialists who can't believe they were put in power by the very people they are going to throw back to misery, many people voted Trump or abstained because they wanted to "shake things". Even banks don't try to "shake things". The democratic process is seen as a raw exercise of power rather than a crushing responsibility, which is a huge regression.
The democratic system was supposed to be the last stage of political evolution where political power, after being turned against itself through the separation of powers, was now atomized between enlightened, objective voters whose collective decision would be impersonal and wise. Instead, we got the media machine making bucks by turning every political discussion into an emotional baiting where the possibility to turn around political power limitations and turn it against others became the sweetest part, no matter the political sensibilities. High ideals became an excuse to spit on legality while "realism" became an excuse to spit on values and international conventions. All this babble create more confusion while the main impulse is the thirst for absolute political power, with the occasional lip-service if you want to call yourself a "moderate".
In the midst of all of this, you have >>227
walking around and telling about how he read the classics who founded the modern legal doctrine while the so-called "free world" is represented by a frantic baby who sold himself to the presidency on the premise that improvisation beats expertise.