DMITRY ASTAKHOV via Getty Images With tears in his eyes and his voice hoarse with feeling, Putin declares victory in Russia's elections, as he addresses advocates outside the Kremlin walls on March 4, 2012.
It seems that Trump is going to use a lot[ of] what he calls alternative facts, simply lies or overstatements, Pavel Kalinin, a 26 -year-old journalist from St. Petersburg, said. Dont give him space to do that, find news and tales from other sources, which you can trust. Even in Russia, where[ the] government predominates a lot of spheres of life, there are still people who went on telling simply facts, and I am sure that in[ the] U.S ., where the power is much more decentralized, there are even more of them.
But it is also important for media, according to Maria Stepnova, a 34 -year-old historian from Moscow who participated in anti-Putin demonstrations in 2012 , not to overdo with a negative agenda, even during hard times.
We have a few media in Russia, like Novaya Gazeta or RBC , who are doing a great job, analyse Putins regime crimes, but this news[ is] lost in tons of less important but also negative news which they give to their readers all the time. People cant be scandalized permanently, she explained.
3. Dont try to find logic in the ideology
POOL New/ Reuters Steve Bannon, President Trump's senior counselor, is more right-wing than many more traditional Republican are comfy with.
Though Trump is a president under the Republican party, he was never genuinely a genuine supporter of its dogma. Some years ago, in fact, he was a Democrat. Now, he is even more right, with his chief political strategist, Steve Bannon , formerly of right-wing outlet Breitbart News. What Trump is doing with his political shuffles can be seen as a mix of different positions a Republican to its implementation of protectionism in the economic sphere, and a populist, attractive for the marginalized voters in the political sphere.
The same is true for Putin. For many years, media here and in the West tended to paint the Russian leader as a conservative figure who cared about traditional moral values or a nationalist obsessed with ethnic pride and dividing people according to their home country. But Russians who have observed Putin for many years say its not so clear cut.
There is no way Putin can be called nationalist if you know Russian reality even a little bit, said Alexandr Gronov, 53, a taxi driver from Moscow, who protested in 2011 against Putin. We have open borders with many southern ex-Soviet republics and around 10 million people from them live and work in Russia.
Mikhail Klimentyev via Getty Images Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a Christmas ceremony at a Russian Orthodox Church, Jan. 6, 2017.
According to Gronov, with Putin and people like him, its important not to brand them under a define ideology, but always to follow their concrete actions and their consequences. Putin wasnt always what he seemed, and neither is Trump. The same situation is true of Putin if you ask people if they consider him a conservative.
He may now visit services in churches, but I am sure he goes there only in public eye, Igor Pechuev, a 37 -year-old dentist from Moscow and Snow Revolution participant, explained. He was born in[ the] USSR, where any religion view[ s] were prosecuted and was working in[ the] KGB, which in every country is the place for the most earthy people. So his connections with[ the] Russian Orthodox Church are very pragmatic he assures it as the force which can be[ an] alternative to the government in Russia, and that is why he wants to cooperate with it.
You need to look at the alliances of such leaders, figuring out with whom they make a team, but also remember that their ideology, especially if its not so defined, can change with the new team, Pechuev added. Putin and Trump may not be the church-going people , but if it benefits their political plans or base, and their team feelings strongly, they go.
Protests in perspective
Sergei Karpukhin/ Reuters An opposition supporter defends the right of assembly in Red Square, as part of a campaign protesting against Vladimir Putin's presidency in central Moscow, May 27, 2012.
The Russians that offered their advice to Americans here all participated in the Snow Revolution and remain anti-Putin in their views. Because they ensure a similarity between their leader and Donald Trump, their views towards Trump are noticeably negative as well. They ensure the shock to the system a few years ago in Russia happening in America, on a scale that could entail bigger things to come. But its important too for Americans to take their advice and lessons from Russias failed opposition protest in context.
Even though mass demonstrations have taken place in both countries, there exist a great number of Putin and Trump advocates as well. Putins rating of trust, counted by one of the main Russian public opinion research centers, VTsIOM , is now quite high, despite continuing sanctions and the war in Syria. And according to the Russian research institute Romir , 33 percentage of Russians said they would vote for Trump early during the U.S. presidential campaign. Now, with the help of state Tv channels that portray him as a powerful leader and a person who will try to solve the problems left by the previous administration, Trumps Russian audience will grow. That popularity in Russia may in fact become an additional argument for Americans already on edge to oppose Trump, considering similarities with Russia as too close and too dangerous.
But lets not forget that while in Russia protesters were collecting by the thousands to elude Putin, in the U.S ., they are coming by the millions to elude Trump. Perhaps it is only a matter of day before the experience of the U.S. and my home country overlap. But unlike the Russians, maybe the Americans will prevail in the end.
Maxim Shemetov/ Reuters People holler slogans during the course of its “March of Millions” protest rally in Moscow, September 15, 2012.