Protesters gesture from a police bus after being detained during an unauthorized anti-corruption rally in central Moscow on March 26. Thousands of Russians continue to demonstrate across the country to protest against corruption, defying bans on rallies called by prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny -- who was arrested along with scores of others. Navalny called for the protests after publishing a detailed report accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through a shadowy network of non-profit organizations.
Protests in Russia have expanded over the past few months. This is an evolution of a yearlong trend toward frequent demonstrations in response to a weakened Russian economy that has fallen into recession and stagnancy. The political system set up under Russian President Vladimir Putin is also starting to buckle under the strain. The mass protests of 2011-2012 were leveled squarely against election rigging and Putin's return to the presidency. They also drew support from across the entire political spectrum. The current demonstrations similarly stem from all parts of Russia's diverse population, but the difference this time are the various agendas at play....
TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Copyright © Stratfor Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.