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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Hillary Campbell, Jan. 29, 2012

Cars Circle Central Moscow in Anti-Putin Protest

Thousands of cars flying white ribbons or balloons circled central Moscow on Sunday in a show of protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. More protesters stood along the side of the road waving white ribbons and flags as the vehicles passed, their horns blaring.

Putin is running in a March 4 presidential election to reclaim the post he held from 2000 to 2008. He is expected to win, but is under pressure to show he can win fairly.

The protest movement has been driven by young professionals, cultural figures and other members of the urban middle class, many of them connected through online social networks.

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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Steurt Strickland, Dec. 26, 2011

Largest protest since collapse of Soviet Union rocks Russia

Russia’s leadership was forced to defend its legitimacy yesterday after about 100,000 demonstrators rallied in central Moscow to demand democratic reform and fair elections in the largest wave of popular dissent since the fall of the Soviet Union.


This comes on the heels of the arrest of Russia’s top political bloggers Alexei Navalny for protesting against election fraud.

Steurt Strickland

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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Steurt Strickland, Dec. 7, 2011

Russia cracks down on election protesters:

Russian police have arrested leading political opposition figures and prominent internet bloggers. Alexei Navalny, Russia’s best known blogger, a renowned Kremlin critic, was arrested for protesting against fraud in last weekend’s election.


Bloggers Alexei and Andrew are waiting and say they’re not surprised by the large numbers of detentions during one of the biggest protests in Moscow in years.

Steurt Strickland
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  • JP Lopez JP Lopez Dec. 8, 2011
    I think that such political leaders may view their undemocratic actions as a consolidation of their personal power which they will hand down to their progeny. Also, the personal wealth such leaders illegally amass (think Mugabe, Ghadaffi, Putin, etc.), in their minds, will insulate their progeny from the instability and misery created by their undemocratic leadership.
  • srini n srini n Dec. 8, 2011
    @ JP Lopez: Yes I too suspect that they live under such illusions. (Hope they are illusions!) The point is can the progeny live in peace, freedom and enjoy those illegally amassed wealth? Unlikely. In which case what use grabbing so much wealth?

    Like Victor Hugo said we are just candidates for humanity - make it homo sapiens!
  • Steurt Strickland Steurt Strickland Dec. 11, 2011
    Their children can usually “live well” with the protection of their own personal armies…until the day they veer to the wrong side of the super-power [foreign government or corporation] that supported their dictatorship in the first place… and then the story has a bad habit of repeating itself far too many times
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Discussions Discussion Dance - Contemporary, Modern & Urban
Amy Sutherland, Dec. 5, 2011

Moscow’s Center for Contemporary Dance and Performance, TsEKh, kicked off its annual Festival of Theater Dance this weekend. Now in its eleventh year, Moscow audiences are being treated to a weeklong kaleidoscope of some of the best contemporary dance, theater and performance around. In a city dominated by the Bolshoi in particular and ballet in general, the festival, which runs through Dec. 11, offers a rare opportunity to see a more experimental side of dance.


Here’s “Sad Tropics” (Tristi Tropici) by Virgilio Sieni, one of two Italian shows that will finish the TsEKh contemporary dance festival.

Amy Sutherland

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