Vadim Nikitin is a freelance journalist and Russia analyst.
Ever since 1991, Russians have been looking to the Soviet past for comfort and pride.
A new generation of web-savvy civic activists are steadily builiding a participatory, nonideological and conspicuously patriotic movement against official corruption.
Indifference and suspicion might be as much to blame as authoritarianism for Russia's lack of democracy. That's why an uptick in local-level civic engagement is welcome news.