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Russia’s Opposition Takes National Fight Local

Russian opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov holds a placard during a rally outside the representative offices of the Astrakhan region during a rally in Moscow, April 9, 2012. From Voice of America, read more at: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/europe/Russias-Opposition-Takes-National-Fight-Local-147239475.html.

It appears that the Russian opposition movement has switched its tactics from the national level to a grassroots outreach in generating support for political change.

From Voice of America:
“The arrival of Navalny and other leaders from Moscow is part of a new opposition strategy to take the fight for clean government to Russia’s regions.  Next month, Vladimir Putin is to be inaugurated for a presidential term that is to stretch to 2018.

By taking their fight local, opposition forces have won three big city mayoral races in the past five weeks.

Pavel Felgenhauer is a Moscow political analyst.

‘Despite Putin’s landslide victory in presidential elections last March 4, the opposition movement in Russia is not dead and will continue,’ said Felgenhauer.”

To read more, check out James Brooke’s article on VOA.

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