It was awkward, he said. The dialogue also captured a sense of the bubbling discontent among Russias young people, a generational shift that is one of the few dynamic stories in a prelection season that is otherwise denuded and predictable. I talked with a high-school senior named Evgenia Merkulenko, who had raised two million rubles, around thirty-five thousand dollars, for the building of a new, specially designed playground for disabled children, securing funds from various government offices and local businesspeople.
We stopped to warm up with some tea. They asked if anyone had a question to ask the President.