In summer 2019 many protesters in Moscow got sued by the city transport authorities and a restaurant for making them work harder (!). This seemed like complete nonsense until I understood the wider problem. Most Russians haven’t got rid of the bug of believing that the Tsar or the Party will fix their problems. Thus they believe the only person that can solve the problem is someone from the government. The government of course, became tired of this: solving every problem is impossible.
It took advantage of the popularity of opposition leaders and the protesters following them by fining these people high sums for minor misdemeanours. Most people in Russia haven’t crowdfunded anything, so by engaging in a nationwide discourse, the state created a situation in which people would impulsively help them, by crowdfunding. People learned about crowdfunding to later use it for personal matters. Russians got richer and Russia got better. This is especially noteworthy as Russia established a new crowdfunding law on January 1, 2020.