Your "wizards", they're Orthodox priests. They're some of few helping keep sanity, there.
Maybe they are there to divine whether the enemy are actually neo-Nazis, Jews, gays or just "weak" feminine men with too much Western attachment. (Quite an alliance Putin seems to have imagined, huh? Wow. Laughs.
Have to say, as I recall from Georgia, the Orthodox patriarchy (that's what it's often called including the leader referred to simply as The Patriarch) was not exactly the most moderating force in politics. Many rural people at least, seemed to appreciate them in principle for their broader cultural and historical role there... But as far as I could tell they also
had a good deal of fire, brimstone, and discriminatory moralizing if not obvious nationalism going on. Are the Russian ones really that different?
Also on that note... Has anyone found good reporting on the opposition? I mean, I've mostly been reading the Guardian myself for overviews. But I am getting tired of really brazen "neo-Nazi" references among dubious stuff in the Comments when I want to gather more ideas. I would like something more in depth (and preferably balanced??) to understand what issues the opposition formed around and how it was composed. It wouldn't surprise me if there were a few Nazi-inspired participants , not any more shocking than the fact that a few radicals joined the US protests against the WTO. But trying to grasp better how this all played out earlier really.