On the street in Moscow

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On the street in Moscow

Postby snoqueen » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:39 am

“It seems to me they wanted to say the following: ‘Respected leaders! Many of us have come here for the first time, fully consciously and entirely independently. We have something to lose, and we are for stability....But the violation of your own rules — and this is the way we take the information about mass falsifications and violations of statistical patterns — this is too much.”

Madison in February 2011? No, Moscow in December 2011. So many details of their protest echo what was going on here a year ago, though Russia is very different from Wisconsin in many ways. Good luck to 'em all.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/world ... a.html?hpw

Saturday’s crowd, like the one that preceded it on Dec. 10, included anarchists, incrementalists, and middle-aged voters driven by pocketbook issues.

Marina Shkuduk, 58, an economist, said she was motivated by bread-and-butter issues, like housing and utility costs, and was less concerned about the upcoming presidential elections.

“My family thinks that grandma has gone crazy,” she said.


And an image and quotes from the Washington Post story on the same event: http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_ ... _0d377.jpg
Organizers estimated that 120,000 people came to Saturday’s protest.

“We don’t know who the leader might be, because there is no person who represents us,” Viktor Shenderovich, a popular writer, told the crowd. “But this is an expression of moral attitude. People don’t want to be stepped on.”

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