Social media helped mobilise massive anti-Putin demonstrations in Moscow (photo: dpa)

Social media in Russia – is it a threat to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin?

The internet and social media are responsible for the rise of Russian civil society. The use of this virtual medium has strengthened the liberal movement in Russia by presenting an opportunity to those previously unable to voice opinions and coordinate campaigns. Their effectiveness in enabling individuals and groups to discuss concerns and rally support was demonstrated before and after the recent parliamentary and presidential elections. And it has displeased the ruling elite. But what does this mean for the political future of Russia?

RUSSIA’S liberal-minded population is venting its frustrations and dismay over the country's political masters using what is proving to be an effecti...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Mr Putin and his 'party of swindlers and thieves' have suffered from being made to look ridiculous. The tough guy image, so carefully built over the years, has been seriously damaged
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