Lack of an agenda melts Russia’s street protests

Blogger Aleksei Navalny at the September 15, 2012 rally in Moscow (photo: dpa)
Blogger Aleksei Navalny at the September 15, 2012 rally in Moscow (photo: dpa)

Russia’s rulers appear to have dashed the hopes of the peaceful protesters who thronged the streets of major cities in the so-called Snow Revolution against vote rigging and corruption. At first the regime seemed shaken, but since the return of Vladimir Putin as president, the opposition, who have been unable to agree on an agenda, have lost their momentum.

Lack of an agenda melts Russia’s street protests

THE WINTER of 2011-2012 will be remembered as the time when Russian society was mobilised in earnest, demanding regime change and showing little fear of repression.

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It was arguably the first time that Russia's rulers ha...

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