New long-haul truckers’ strike may be most important action yet, Klyamkin says

Long-distance truckers on strike in St. Petersburg, Russia (Image: therussiantimes.com)

Long-distance truckers on strike in St. Petersburg, Russia (Image: therussiantimes.com) 

2017/04/04 - 09:55 • Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

Igor Klyamkin

Igor Klyamkin

The ongoing long-haul truck drivers’ strike is fundamentally different in its import from the March 26 demonstrations, Igor Klyamkin says. The first was an ethical protest but the second is “a solid economic protest of a vitally important professional group against pressure on its interests that has risen to an expression of political distrust.”

The longtime Moscow analyst and commentator points out that this strike, in contrast to the ones of 2015, “is well organized,” has thrown up new structures, and continues to spread “throughout the country.” What is most important, he stresses is “the powers that be still don’t know how to react.”

That is because, Klyamkin suggests, that the authorities are encountering a kind of self-organization from below and that “strikes for economic goals that with time acquire a political coloration” is something that for Russia is “nothing new” and hardly reassuring to the Kremlin today.

“It is sufficient to recall the general strike of 1905 which put before the tsar the choice between a dictatorship and concessions.”

That tradition is very much alive, the analyst says, while “there is no experience in Russia with long-term political protest of the ‘Maidan’ type,” despite the hopes of some in the opposition.

Klyamkin concludes by noting that he is not prepared to offer historical analogies to what is happening now. Clearly, he says, Russia is not where it was in 1905 or where it was at the end” of Soviet times. But he says he is quite prepared to insist that “today the situation is not what it was a week ago,” because of the truckers more than because of the street protesters.

Five other developments and commentaries offered about this in the last two days provide additional evidence for Klyamkin’s conclusion:

  • Increasingly, there is anger that the government-controlled media [most media in Russia – Ed.] aren’t covering the protests.
  • The truckers’ strike in Daghestan has been joined by merchants in the cities there.
  • The truckers’ strike is seen triggering clashes in the North Caucasus that could work to the benefit of ISIS.
  • At the very least, the strike is going to have an impact on the campaign for president in that region.
  • The truckers’ strike is spreading from its initial organizing points to ever more federal subjects.

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  • zorbatheturk

    Crappy looking trucks those RuSSians drive.

    • Rafael Hernandez

      And the trucks in Turkey are any better? Been there and it looks like pre ww2 trucks

      • Andrew Chmile

        WHO TF cares WTF a Russo-mongolian “thinks” you low class INFERIOR Finno-Ugric POS !!!!

        ANIMAL!!!! RUSKI SCUM!!!! FILTH!!!

      • zorbatheturk

        Turkey is third world. RuSSia is fourth world. Or turd world. You choose, kremtard.

  • Alex George

    “The truckers’ strike is seen triggering clashes in the North Caucasus that could work to the benefit of ISIS.”

    But this has always been likely. Putin has been neglecting Russia. Instead of spending his time on administration and government, he has been stripping the country bare to fund his foolish foreign ventures in Ukraine and Syria. All sorts of extremists are going to flourish as a result, not just ISIS and not just muslims.

    • Andrew Chmile

      Shudd-Up you RUSKI **MOLE** & LYING SCUM!!!

      COWARD!!! FINNO_UGRIC!!! THRASH!!!

      Your monhol mama with that filthy ruska pizda teach you to lie like that?

      ANIMAL !!!!

      • Geralt von RIva

        russians are funny people. the tell always much crap. but just 1 small attack and the hide^^

        “Geralt von RIva vera • an hour ago
        we are deporting already.
        shall we add some russian filth? i have no problem with this. i keep on mowing the grass.
        next lot of sarine already in production or have we to wait a bit?”

        https://disqus.com/home/channel/politicalislam/discussion/channel-politicalislam/does_koran_predate_mohammad/#comment-3240030055

      • MichaelA

        So he attacks Putin and you say he is telling lies?

        • Andrew Chmile

          So you go after little boys and wonder why normal people call you a disgusting Ruski faqqot?

          • MichaelA

            Alex attacked putin and you said he was telling lies
            This is why you got banned from Kyiv Post – attacking those who supported Ukraine

          • Andrew Chmile

            NOPE YOU LYING POS ruski faqqot!!! :))
            Because you RUSKI MOLES & TROLLS CRIED & LIED!!!

            STUKACHI & SNITCHES!!! — LIKE ALL YOU RUSKI COMMUNISTS WERE AND ARE!!!

            Same thing happened to ” Murf ” — besides — ” Alex George ” faqqot says I was never on Kyiv Post :)))

            So which of you ***STUPID*** Ruski SCUMBAGS is LYING now? :)))

          • MichaelA

            I told the truth and anyone above can read it – you said Alex was “telling lies” because he attacked Putin

            Whose side are you really on?

            Yes you did get banned from Kyiv Post and it’s obvious why

        • Andrew Chmile

          WHY DO YOU LOOK FOR LITTLE UKRAINIAN BOYS???

          • MichaelA

            Answer the question instead of deflecting

            Alex attacked Putin so why did you say he is telling lies?

          • Andrew Chmile

            You are BOTH the same entity stupid faqqot, just different accounts ….. NOT at all “clever” … for a Ruski maybe …. or so they “think” … 😉

          • Andrew Chmile

            “Alex attacked Putin so why did you say he is telling lies?”

            DID ** I ** write he (also you really) he was writing lies there,
            you STUPID RUSKI faqqot? 😉