Putin's middle class is fleeing to Latvia
Vitaly Mansky, a Russian documentary filmmaker, knows exactly when he decided to establish a bolthole outside the Russian Federation. It was the spring of 2014, and Mansky was in Spain for a film festival, watching news in his hotel room. An anchor at one of the Kremlin-controlled news stations reported that Russia’s parliament had allowed President Vladimir Putin to use the army to protect his compatriots in other countries. In other words, they had legalized the annexation of Crimea and provided support for pro-Russian combatants in Eastern Ukraine.