Right now in Russia protests on a history making scale are taking place across the country.
Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered, with a regime of intimidation and coercion no longer enough to bully Russian citizens into line.
The growing frustration with the Vladimir Putin regime has come to a head after the alleged attempted assassination of the country's opposition leader.
What happens next has the potential to change not just Russia, but the world.
First, let's start with some background.
Russia under Putin.
Vladimir Putin has been president of Russia for 20 years now.
Putin's tenure as president is not supposed to extend beyond 2024, but in 2020 he announced sweeping changes to the Russian constitution that were widely seen as an attempt to extend his power for as long as he wants.
Putin has created a regime in which opponents are murdered, political prisoners are sent to Siberia for decades, minority rights are suppressed, and support is given to some of the world's worst bloodshed like the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Social scientists have described the rule of Russia as a "hybrid regime" or a "fake democracy."
The country holds presidential elections and citizens are represented in Congress, but using free speech as an example - Politifact reports Russia ranks 180th out of 199 countries.
Some of the Draconian laws that exist in the country include jailing musicians whose expressive lyrics reflect poorly on Putin, expanding the country's Criminal Code definition of 'treason' to turn virtually any government critic into a traitor and criminalising "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations."