Russian Opposition: Two-thirds of Russians identify corruption as the country’s number one problem. As fear of the state starts to fade, will a new wave of anti-corruption opposition continue to rise against the government? Subscribe to Journeyman here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=journeymanpictures
“Until recently, people were thinking politics were somewhere far away. But now people understand politics hits close to home”, says Alexey Kotorev. A formerly apolitical Moscow dweller, he speaks from a packed street protest against the City’s planned demolitions.
Russia’s renewed sense of opposition is in large part down to 41-year-old lawyer and Progress Party leader Alexei Navalny, who sparked mass protests in 2011 ahead of what he called rigged parliamentary elections. “The system is so rotten, there’s nothing healthy left”, says Navalny, in an impassioned address against Putin and Medvedev with 23 million Youtube views. Assaulted and jailed for his activism, his anti-corruption movement has brought him pain as well as popularity – but is it enough to change politics in Russia?
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