Does 'liberalism' in Russia stand a chance?

Crowds in Moscow carry white balloons as a symbol of protest against Putin (photo: dpa)
Crowds in Moscow carry white balloons as a symbol of protest against Putin (photo: dpa)

The liberal voice of Russia is making itself heard – loudly on the streets of major cities and on the internet. Its call is for honest elections and accountability in government. But with the presidential elections on Sunday, March 4, providing an opportunity for the nation to turn its back on the main contender Vladimir Putin – is Russia’s middle class liberal voice really a force to be reckoned with? Does it have the coherence, personalities, or vision to champion its agenda while also separating itself from nationalist and communist protestors? Or will 'liberalism' fade in the face of Kremlin spin and manipulation?

RUSSIA’S urban middle class have taken to the streets. They are dem...

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