@Shaokang Are politicians in general, in any democratic country in modern times, intellectuals? I’d say any such cases are mostly exceptions (I’d love to be proven wrong on a societal level though, even if the society isn’t Slavic). Politics and elections today are turning pretty much into a show and just like mass media, the more bombastic your statements and actions are – the more likely it is you’ll get noticed (and with the right political, financial and, most of all, media support – elected).