More Protests in 2013

In an opinion editorial in The Moscow Times Nikolai Petrov, a scholar in residence at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, says that the first weeks of 2013 have already shown that relations between Russian authorities and society will be no better this year than they were in 2012. The large-scale "March against Scoundrels" rally in Moscow on 13 January and the smaller but significant rallies in a host of major cities showed that large numbers of demonstrators can be mobilised on short notice to protest the actions of the authorities. The angry protests might be triggered by fraudulent elections, repressive measures against protesters or even something as seemingly far removed from the standard political agenda as the recent law prohibiting US citizens from adopting Russian children.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013