Russia remains ever ready to subsume the worth of the individual under that of the state and in this way can never hope to nurture the responsible civil society which Putin himself claims to want. While Britain is at risk of becoming entirely listless and resigned to an inconsequential existence at odds with its unparalleled role in shaping the modern world.
Over the past four years, our system of capitalism has come in for merciless berating from politicians, opinion formers and most tellingly, the general public. Whether it is bankers' bonuses, business practices, or concerns about rising levels of inequality, it has been 'open season' on the 'greedy capitalists' looking to dominate the 99% in the interests of the 1%.
I had never heard of anyone having their limbs blown off while trying to buy property until I learned of Tarek Dergoul, the former British Guantánamo Bay detainee.