In his latest report ahead of the poll (on 4 March to elect a president to replace Dmitry Medvedev), the BBC’s Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg finds commuters arguing about the politicians during a famous train journey.
Then I meet Albert, who has worked at a saw mill for 20 years. He clearly misses the old days. “In the past, if you were drunk and you collapsed in the snow, someone would come along to pick you up. These days, you’re left to freeze. It’s everyone for themselves now.”