So what are the Russian cultural elites doing now if they aren’t working on the much needed narrative for the Russian future?
The best among them joined the Ukrainian cause and are trying to contribute to the Ukrainian narrative. These are really smart, talented people but they see no future for Russia at all and have directed their energies elsewhere.
The second best also tried to join the Ukrainian cause but felt that they weren’t celebrated and coddled enough, so they began to pout. Their hope is that the Putin regime will fall, and they’ll take power. Unfortunately, they aren’t preparing any ideas or any program of action for when that happens because pouting takes too much time.
In Russian intellectual circles, there are now hostilities between the Party of the Pout and those who are trying to explain to them that the pose of a precious snowflake isn’t looking good at this point in time.