Tag Archive | opposition

The Role of Social Media in the Moscow Opposition Demonstrations in December 2011

This briefing paper examines the role of social media in organizing political protest in Russia, where the leeway for civic activism has been on the wane under the Putin-Medvedev tandem. The author argues that the emergence and mobilization of the street demonstrations was greatly facilitated by social media, which functioned both as an arena for […]

Kara-Murza: the forecast for March 5

openrussia: Кара-Мурза: прогноз на 5 марта Владимир Кара-Мурза-младший: 5 марта на улицах городов России мы увидим гораздо более массовые митинги, чем то, что мы видели в течение последних полутора месяцев. Translation: Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr.: March 5, on the streets of Russian cities, we see more mass rallies, than what we’ve seen over the past six weeks.

Opposition Movement Spreads Across Russia

Voice of America recounts the growth of an opposition movement that is taking shape not just in Moscow, but all over Russia.  Focusing on cities in Siberia, far from the epicenter of Russian political culture, the article brings to light the growing distrust in the current political system, the anti-fraud protests and questions of stability (“reform, not […]

Alexei Navalny: Russia’s new rebel who has Vladimir Putin in his sights

euralmanac: On a freezing winter day last month, a tall man with blond hair walked up to a microphone in northern Moscow and began speaking to 80,000 people. This was not a rock concert or a football match. It was a demonstration against the government – the biggest in Russia since the fall of the […]

TFI Daily News: Boosted by Putin, Russia’s Middle Class Turns on Him

By Andrew E. Kramer and David M. Herszenhorn, NY Times, December 11, 2011 MOSCOW—Here is the rub for Vladimir V. Putin: The people who stood outside the Kremlin on Saturday, chanting epithets directed at him, are the ones who have prospered greatly during his 12 years in power. More here

They stole our country

ilnazmalyarevsky: They stole our country Russia: Statistics, Facts, Comments & Predictions (source – english, russian) Only 20% of people in Russia think that the situation is calm and wealthy. Over half the country’s citizens (51%) believe that Russia is going down the wrong road and only 38% of respondents say the believe the country is […]