January 24, 2013

The Straw to Break Putin's Back?

Vladimir Ryzhkov, Moscow Times

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Many people were surprised when tens of thousands of protesters turned out for the "March Against Scoundrels" in Moscow on Jan. 13. It surprised even protest organizers, who had not expected that so many people, estimated to be around 50,000, would be willing to march so soon after the New Year's break and do so in freezing temperatures. It also surprised the authorities, who had convinced themselves that the protest mood had waned and that the period of political stability had firmly set in.

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