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March 26 in Moscow and dozens of other Russian cities held rallies against corruption. In most cities, they have not been agreed and therefore led to the mass detention of protesters. Only in Moscow were detained more than a thousand people. The reaction of the West was very clear to Putin with a request to release the detainees asked the representatives of the US state Department and the European Union. Foreign media, meanwhile, tell the readers who is Alexei Navalny and how he managed “to revive the opposition movement in Russia”
“Putin always understood that in order to control Russia, it must be popular “among the masses” and from time to time revealing to punish someone from “elite”: “good king” puts in place the greedy Dukes. Rating is very important: to rule effectively, enough 60% support; to rule comfortably — 70%. The support level of 50% which is considered quite acceptable in the West, is fraught with the beginning of the civil war in Russia.”
The Moscow protest was like at the same time to the protest of angry men and a party of old friends. There were enough students who danced and laughed, the crowd shouted “not All arrested!”, the young man was detained for a couple of rubber ducks (according to the investigation the FCO, in the country Medvedev duck has his own house). “Shame!” — shouted the youth. “Shame!” — shouted a small group of pensioners.
Sunday protests in Russia directed not only against corruption, but also show public discontent with President Putin. The protests were the most massive anti-Kremlin demonstrations since 2011 and 2012, when the discontent caused the falsification of the elections.
Trying to prevent the arrest of Navalny on Sunday, protesters shouted: “This is our city”. Others shouted slogans “Russia without Putin” and held placards accusing the President and the government in the theft.
Himself Navalny, a charismatic opposition leader, the leader of the protests of 2011-12, was able to draw detention and repression against the opposition to their advantage. Last week when it poured with green paint in Siberia, he was glad that now looks like a real superhero”.
“The first the conclusion is obvious: corruption is one of the most important unifying political problems, as this topic applies to all, young and old, right and left. That is why this issue is able to mobilize people to hold protests against the ruling elite of Russia, and that’s why we saw so many people at demonstrations in the huge number of Russian cities. <…> The bulk — the most famous figure from the opposition of the last generation, and it is important. The question, however, is the measure of his real freedom of action.”
“Since then, Putin again became President, the opposition in Russia finally eased, but the Bulk became its most prominent figure. Tougher laws and penalties for rallies lowered the chances of the opposition to Express itself and especially to a seat in Parliament. But the campaign against Navalny, Medvedev seem to have breathed new life into the opposition movement”.