Since the morning in Russia, thousands of people in most of the major cities have said they will go to protests and rallies with a demand to bring to justice corrupt officials who steal Russian resources and export them to the West with impunity.
In order to suppress protests, numerous power divisions were pulled into the city.
In Russia, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, police detained about 1,500 protesters against corruption. Dozens of people during the holiday of Russia were detained in other Russian cities from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad. Among the opposition politicians detained in Moscow are Ilya Yashin and Vyacheslav Maltsev, the director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, Roman Rubanov and other activists. The very initiator of anti-corruption protests Alexei Navalnogo police detained in Moscow before the start of planned actions. In Russia, the opposition filed applications for rallies and other actions in 224 cities, in many cities the government did not coordinate the holding of rallies. Experts state that these protests may be the beginning of a new wave that threatens the Kremlin.
Protests in Russia
Moscow authorities first allowed Alexei Navalny and his associates to hold a protest on Sakharov Avenue. The oppositionist and his supporters agreed. But it turned out that officials of the mayor’s office did not allow the organizers to install screens for demonstrating the video, and then began to exert pressure on companies that install audio equipment.
Left without a sound, Navalny appealed to his supporters to come to Sakharov Avenue, and to conduct the action in the form of a walk, as well as on March 26 this year.
“In any case, it will grow, because the problems are not solved. It’s just not clear when this will happen and what will become the trigger of a new protest? It’s not clear yet. On March 26th this was the film “He is not Dimon”. And there were a lot of people there. For a walk organizers were invited long before the action. This time there was one day and objectively it was not enough. It would be 50 thousand on Tverskaya, they would be very difficult to disperse, “- said Dmitry Gudkov.
The energy of a new wave of protests in Russia
However, in Russia people continue to take part in protest actions and this is not something insignificant. Thousands of protesters do not go for Navalny and not specifically for someone, but because they want answers from the authorities to their questions. The energy of protest in Russia will increase, says political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky.
“It’s hard to argue now about the number of protesters, but it’s already clear that the atmosphere of protest is not what it was in 2011. Then millions of people hoped for concessions from the authorities and these concessions were. They were announced by Dmitry Medvedev former president, at the end of 2011 and partially embodied. But then Vladimir Putin canceled all this. Therefore, now the protesters do not rely on power at all and are guided by anger towards the authorities. Therefore, the atmosphere itself is more radical than it was then, 5-6 years ago. And this means that if the quantity does not grow quickly, the energy of protest will grow, “the political scientist noted.
On June 12, it was too early to sum up the results of the action. One can only say about the large number of detainees. Experts believe that if the authorities manage a new protest wave, then with great difficulties. And this wave is really new, at least as far as the younger generation of protesters are concerned.