Protests are underway in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
— Jonathan Beeley (@foreignpolicy77) March 26, 2017
— Andrew S. Weiss (@andrewsweiss) March 26, 2017
Large anti-corruption protests not only in Moscow. Here large crowd outside the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. pic.twitter.com/yDFqgAhDT8
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) March 26, 2017
Here’s the video that Weiss linked to:
And here’s an English translation (via Google Translate) of the caption and statement below the video:
He’s not Dimon to us.
Protest action in Moscow
In dozens of Russian cities on March 26, anti-corruption protests took place. They involved from several dozen to several thousand people. The rallies took place even in those cities where the authorities officially banned their conduct. Radio Liberty conducted a live broadcast of protest actions.
In Moscow, the uncoordinated action took place in the format of a walk. According to various sources, eight to 20 thousand people took part in it. The human rights project “OVD-Info” reports more than 600 detainees. The police used force against activists. Despite several injured at the hands of law enforcement officials, in the mayor’s office of Moscow, the police called “impeccable.”
The Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) in early March published an investigation of the undeclared real estate of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his possible involvement in corruption. The film “He did not give you a Dimon” typed more than 10 million views on YouTube, but neither the Prime Minister nor his representatives responded to the charges, no federal Russian television channel told about the investigation of FBK. In this regard, Navalny appealed to his supporters across Russia on March 26 to go to protest rallies with the demand to investigate information about Medvedev’s real estate.
Apparently even the cows are fed up!
Central Moscow on lockdown, thousands of riot cops, helicopters. Top news on national newswire: 'U.S.cow escapes cops in a dramatic chase'. pic.twitter.com/bAdzgy0Eoo
— Alexey Kovalev (@Alexey__Kovalev) March 26, 2017
— max seddon (@maxseddon) March 26, 2017
After several years of Putin directed propagandizing of his own citizens, crackdowns on dissent, and the consolidation of power in Putin’s hands it is encouraging to see that Russia’s Gray Zone, its civic culture still has some antibodies left to fight back.
We’ll keep an eye out in case things turn ugly.