A Russian Uprising

Think Vladimir Putin's iron rule has turned Russia into a land of obedient, beaten-down people? Not in Cherkessk, a city of 140,000 in the Caucasus. A bus conductor there asked an elderly disabled passenger to pay his fare last week and the old man used his crutches to pummel the conductor — because he'd never had to pay before. Not in Tula, 165 km south of Moscow, where more than 40 such assaults on bus and tram conductors were recorded in just three days. Not in Khimki on the outskirts of Moscow, where several thousand travelers heading for the airport missed...

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