The Russian Spring: Protests against Vladimir Putin’s repressive measures are increasing, leading many to speculate that Russia may be in the grip of revolutionary ferment.
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The weekend saw 30,000 people line the streets of Moscow for the final protest before Sunday’s presidential election. Will this be the first peaceful revolution to cut through the Kremlin’s iron grip?
Over the last month thousands of Russian people have protested against the lack of free elections in their so-called post-communist democracy: “If we yell loud enough, Putin will hear us.” However, not all share this optimism. Boris Nemsov of the People’s Freedom Party admits, “the opposition has no chance to be registered” and, with the middle classes now active in an unyielding political arena, he fears the peace will not last: “our revolutions are bloody, brown and red”.
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