Preobrazhensky: The Opposition is not Idle
Russian political analyst and Rosbalt columnist Ivan Preobrazhensky writes for New Eastern Europe that last Sunday's "human chain" protest in Moscow is a sign that the opposition movement is not weakening, even if Putin's presidential victory is a foregone conclusion.
*The Opposition is Not Idle*
By: Ivan Preobrazhensky
The “Big White Circle” protest, which took place February 26th in Moscow, showed that the mood of the opposition in Russia is much stronger than the government may wish to admit. It was evident that the protesters were able to quickly and efficiently organise themselves, and it was enough for someone to simply shout loud enough to be heard for the crowds to take to the streets.
In order to create a “human chain” around Moscow’s central Garden Ring, opposition leaders thought that it would be necessary to mobilise around 34,000 people to form the chain hand-in-hand. Last Sunday, they managed such a feat.
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