I was there last year, but not in the Moscow.<quoted text>
Building up self-esteem in Russia is not an easy task. They have limited personal control over themselves, and many things currently that prevents such building blocks that result in personal self-esteem. The recent protests and demonstrations, however, could provide some self-esteem , but that is a collective effort and not a personal one.
I do not think you have been to Russia to see what they are up against.
My point is that little, personal projects are what build self esteem.
There are problems with such large collective actions. They may effect large changes, but the ones necessary to self-esteem are individual.
Not many can become great symphonic players, but building a few instruments and enjoying them on the long winter evenings with a few friends ... well ... it feeds the person. It strengthens him far more than getting blitzed and killing intellect with vodka ... or waiting for grand systemic changes.
"Be the change you want to see."