Every Russian child knows Pushkin’s famous dictum: “A Russian revolt, (Russki bunt) is senseless and pitiless.
”This is a reference to the Pugachev Revolt (1773 -1775) that threatened the throne of Catherine II.
For President Putin, Ukraine’s Orange Revolution of 2004 and its echo, the “Maidan” Revolution of 2014, were harbingers of a new Russki bunt. What alarmed the Kremlin was not just the humiliation caused by the Orange Revolution overturning the forged elections of Moscow’s candidate Viktor Yanukovich. It was the fact that the outcome was determined on the streets of Kiev. Any regime change by the street is, by definition, is a bunt. Orange becomes the new black. In the Kremlin’s eyes, the popular embrace of rebellion had to be prevented no matter what the cost.