Leonid Parfenov is a legendary TV-presenter with balls big enough to confront the regime, as he did when awarded a TV excellency award a year ago. Obviously, he is not the favourite media character of “The Tandem” but the quality of his work is superb enough to make Konstantin Ernst, head of government-enthusiastic Channel One, occasionally stick up for him.

Unfortunately, Parfenov wasn’t able to make a real-time speech at the Sakharov avenue protest on 24 december. But he did a video appearance, and it’s so good and inspiring, we can’t resist sharing it with our readers with English subtitles. That’s what the Russian struggle looks like, in a nutshell: beautiful, intelligent people dead tired of being suppressed.