«…the belief in the existence of a Western conspiracy to undermine Russia is now widespread, and not by accident: Russian media hint darkly at the «Western money» that is funding Chechen terrorism and Ukrainian demonstrators, and most Russians, still more than willing to think ill of the West, and still unable to understand how they are perceived in the countries on their borders, don’t disagree.»

«But there are Russians who understand what happened in Kiev, Russians who no longer believe their government’s propaganda, Russians who understand that this really was a popular movement, and not a Western conspiracy. It is precisely those Russians whom the Putin administration now fears the most. If Yushchenko really does emerge victorious, his election will have set an example that others will inevitably try to follow.»

Anne Applebaum i Telegraph