“If there is one single factor which dominates the course of Russian history… it is the principle of autocracy.”
Just read this quote by Hugh Seton-Watson in The Russian Empire 1801-1917 (quoted by Eric Wilmot in The Great Powers 1814-1914). He wrote this in 1967 and it is still relevant nearly 50 years later. It’s as if Russia is allergic to democracy; even with the establishment of a multi-party system it had snapped back within a decade to strongman rule under President Putin. I look forward to the day that this quote is no longer relevant.