You'll learn a few things from this fine article by Nadezhda Andreyeva in Novaya Gazeta. First, the so-called simple folk in the Russian heartlands aren't all benighted, ignorant Putinists, just like the folks in the US heartland are not all racist, dangerous Trumpians. Second, they can stand up for themselves and exercise solidarity when push comes to shove. Third, the more stories like this you read (I've read hundreds), the more you realize the "Russian heartlands = Putin's base" hypothesis, beloved of dangerous so-called liberals like the snake oil salesman at Levada Center, is utter poppycock. Fourth, nevertheless, the Putinist police state has been rabidly afraid of any and all manifestations of grassroots popular will from day one, whether in Moscow or the village of Tersa in Saratov Region. So, Putin's alleged popularity has actually been generated in part by the terror practiced on the populace all over the country at every level by law enforcement, the courts, and the secret services. If that supremely germane fact of life in today's Russia is not obvious to you after 19 years of Putin's obnoxious misrule, it just means you haven't been watching very hard.