From the end of March to May in Russia there were some protests after others. In different cities of the country hundreds of thousands of Russians came to the action. Delo.UA makes a brief overview of all the spring protests in Russia and tells how it ended
It should be noted that there were no such large-scale protests in Russia from 2011-2012, when the so-called Belozhenka movement arose in the country. Then millions of people were displeased with the results of the elections to the State Duma and “shamrock” when President Vladimir Putin succeeded President Dmitry Medvedev. The confrontation ended in mass arrests, the famous “Marsh” business, tightening of nuts and tightening control over the media. And why do Russians take to the streets now?
Youth against corruption
On March 26, anti-corruption protests took place in dozens of Russian cities. The reason for people to go out into the streets was the film of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) “He’s not Dimon”, which tells about the numerous possessions of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and corruption schemes, thanks to which he was able to get rich. The film was released on March 2, 2017 on Youtube channel and instantly gained millions of views. It should be noted that this is not the first film of the Foundation headed by Alexei Navalny, about corruption in the higher echelons of power, but so far they have not caused such a wave of resentment.
According to the European Parliament, these shares became the largest after the protests of 2011-2012. It is worth noting that rallies in most cities this year were unauthorized, authorities warned about the consequences. The shares were agreed only in 24 cities. In total, 82 Russian cities took part in the anti-corruption movement, as well as London, Basel, Prague and Bonn.
Opposition politician Aleksey Navalny issued a video, in which he promised every person who would be detained, to sue 10 thousand dollars in the European Court of Human Rights.
Although the official occasion was a film about corruption, at rallies, slogans “Down with Putin”, “Russia will be free”, “Freedom to political prisoners” and others were heard quite often.
The protest movement was completely ignored by all Russian TV channels and other media controlled by the Kremlin.
According to the spokesman of the Naval Kira Yarmysh, not less than 150 thousand people left for the action.
The highest protest activity was in the regions that demonstrated a lower turnout in the elections to the State Duma in 2016.
The Anti-Corruption Foundation conducted a live broadcast of the rallies on YouTube from the FBK office, and after switching off the electricity and detaining 15 broadcasters from the reserve site. The number of viewers of the broadcast exceeded 132 thousand people.
The symbols of the protests were sneakers and a rubber duck, because The starting point in the investigation film was Instagram D. Medvedev, where he was pictured in new sneakers, and also in the film a house for a duck was fixed in one of the estates of the current prime minister.
A distinctive feature of these protests is the huge number of young people, including schoolchildren. So far, people under 20 have rarely taken part in the protests.