What is called “a turning point” is a belated but significant perception in Europe: that not only other people’s democracies are vulnerable, but also their own. For example, they depend on an intact audience.
“The war is no longer declared, but continues”, wrote the poet Ingeborg Bachmann in “Alle Tage”, the scandalous had become commonplace. Vladimir Putin had not declared war for a long time, he just continued it, in different areas with different lies. The scandalous had only become commonplace for those who didn’t think it affected them. For everyone else, for those in the immediate vicinity of the violence, whose rights and bodies counted for nothing to the Russian regime, for all of them the unheard actually remained unheard.