...in our social system there are no "politicians of the governing majority", in their place are officials, performers, whether outside the Duma or inside the Duma. There are no opposition politicians - instead of them there is a procession of clowns. Finally there are no politicians outside the system -- the only activity possible is that of the dissident or near-dissident.
To sum it up baldly: there are officials and dissidents. As in Soviet times, as under the tsars. As in Russia.
Leonid Radzikhovsky, in ej.ru [my tr.]