Western focus on Russian political dead-enders exposes failure to grasp that real change in Moscow will come from system insiders | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Western focus on Russian political dead-enders exposes failure to grasp that real change in Moscow will come from system insiders

For outsiders, Russia's politics can be confusing and elusive. Who are the liberals, and who are the conservatives? Who wants change and who wants things to stay the same? Recent events show Western politicians are none the wiser.

Former US presidential candidate Senator Mitt Romney was making news again this week, meeting with Russian opposition activist Leonid Volkov, best known for his close association with jailed activist Alexey Navalny.

The head-to-head has drawn flak from a range of commenters. Prominent American "Russia-watcher" Kevin Rothrock took to Twitter to ask why Volkov would want to be photographed with American politicians, given the images would likely only further undermine his credibility inside Russia. It’s as if “Volkov and others in his boat have given up on political ambitions back home,” he tweeted.

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