Protests in Moscow: It’s No Longer Just a Game

by Kseniya Kirillova The recent protests in Moscow showed two trends that are quite new for modern Russia: first, the extreme brutality of the security forces during the dispersal of rallies, and second, the unprecedented resilience of Muscovites, who are heroically coming out to take part in clearly unauthorized actions where they knowingly face the possibility of state violence and arrests. The last frontier Of course, the behavior of the protesters themselves is understandable. Russian authorities badly miscalculated that blocking independent candidates from taking part in the Moscow City Duma…

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