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About a new trend that threatens the autocrats.

An important event was the victory of the actor-comedian Vladimir Zelensky in the presidential election in Ukraine. We will not analyze the reasons why he was able to defeat the incumbent head of state Petro Poroshenko with the devastating result, the political character of the winner, a possible programme of action and who is behind it, leaving all Ukrainian politicians and analysts.

We emphasize more important for the former Soviet Union. The fact that Mr. Zelensky, people of post-Soviet formations, not only actor, but also pure populist, and won the election because voters voted in the election not so much for him as against the incumbent President of the Republic. And it is very sensitive for Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus as countries with an authoritarian political system, writes portal

Sensitive, as evidenced by the fact that the ruling in these countries, the elites should start to fear not only the external sanctions and pressure from the collective of the West, intra-elite wars and terrorist (extremist) threats, but also critical of the growth of populist sentiment in contemporary post-Soviet society.

Due to the latter became possible in Ukraine, first, just a few months to turn a relatively unknown person in a passing of the candidate in presidents of the country, and secondly, to provide him with the support of the majority of voters without the involvement of an administrative resource, and thirdly, to significantly disrupt the state machine.

Since this is the second year for the event of a change of the current head of the former Soviet republics undesirable for his successor (the first took place in Armenia, but in the hard street, and not the final format), Russian, Kazakhstani and Belarusian authorities, one must wonder how they will withstand not non-systemic opposition and populists of the new formation, different from politicians using populism as a tool to achieve the goals one important feature.

We mean, on the one hand, the lack of clearly defined political purpose or objective, and on the other the presence of reasonable, understood by all and every dream or hope which is impossible to criticize, reject or deny.