Protests on the rise across Russia – even where there never were any before

Approximately 15,000 people took part in demonstrations in Moscow, Russia marking two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin walls (Image:


Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

Aleksandr Kynyev, an expert with Aleksey Kudrin’s Committee on Civic Initiatives (CCI), says “social protests are beginning to occur even in those regions and cities where there hadn’t been any before,” a “very dangerous” development given continuing bad economic news and the reduction in the representative quality of regional governments.

United Russia [party of Putin’s elite – Ed.] had been freezing out the opposition parties and ending elections already before 2016, he says; but over the last six months, that trend has accelerated. As a result, he argues, many in Russia’s regions now feel they have no way to present their grievances to the powers that be except by taking to the streets.

Another CCI expert Aleksey Titkov adds that these protests increasingly are taking on a political coloration. “People who haven’t been interested in politics up to now are affected by limitations on Internet access” as a result of the Yarovaya package. And they are now ready to take a political stand over that.

And a third CCI expert Nikolay Petrov that the relative stability of recent months is ending. People no longer feel they can simply march in place, and they are now ready to protest, a view echoed by economist Yevgeny Gontmakher. (On this CCI report, see also Aleksey Gorbachev’s article in Nezavisimaya gazeta.)



Edited by: A. N.

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  • Robert

    Protests will obviously continue to be ‘on the rise’ in Russia – from now until the 2017 Revolution happens in November.

  • Brent

    Sounds like the sleeping “Russian bearers” of Putin’s restrictions and bad economic decisions may finally be waking up….hopefully Putin has to bring home his soldiers like Tsar Alexander did in 1917….

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      The last Tsar Aleksandr was Aleksandr III who died in 1894. I assume you mean Nicholas II :). And it wasn’t Nicholas who brought the soldiers home, they pretty much brought themselves home after the February Revolution, but especially after the October Revolution when Lenin and his fellow thugs seized power in Petrograd. The two Brest-Litovsk peace treaties ended the war with the Central Powers, but by then the Civil War had started so the soldiers really proceeded from one war to another.

  • Yoshua

    The Kremlin created the new security apparatus to deal with a deteriorating situation that they saw was coming ?

  • danram

    Hmmmmm … No wonder Putin decided to create a new 400,000 man internal police force under his direct command. He knows that the wheels are about to come off.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      I hope the dwarf will meet the same fate as Mussolini: hanging upside down from the Lenin Mausoleum on Red Quare, with Alina hanging next to him.

  • zorbatheturk

    The RuSSians are revolting!

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Quite so, Dwarfstanians always were and still are revolting.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    I wonder whether we will see and hear Dwarfstanians chanting “”Putin khuilo!” during their demonstrations……. or even more insulting (but true as well) “Putin pedo!”.