Russia today is like my beloved Florence at the end of the 15th century, under Girolamo Savonarola - a priest, a fanatic, a sinister figure.
Then there was mass insanity, misanthropy, obscurantism, burning of wise books and beautiful paintings, tyranny over artists, terror over dissenters, instilling animal fear.

Culture was destroyed, hatred was sown, narrow-mindedness was imposed, absurdly extreme religious values were inculcated, the most radical, brutal, base was encouraged, the mindset of the besieged fortress was instilled in the crowd, freedom was eradicated, and large masses of people fell into ecstasy, trance, delirium.

Finally, the awakening occurred. Savonarola was burned at the stake in the middle of Florence.

Perhaps Putin will be ignominiously destroyed - but not by the now hiding so-called opposition, not by the liberals on the sofas in Europe, not by his inner circle, but by the crowd that is now following him.