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The Growing Anti-Putin Segment of the Russian Electorate

January 25, 2012

Alexei Navalny, a blogger and opposition leader in the anti-Putin movement in Russia, has gained a loyal and widespread following, inspired by his focus on government oversight and transparency. He has been aggressive in exposing political corruption, causing his supporters to encourage a presidential run, challenging the current one-party state that Putin had strived to maintain as the status quo.

“I’ve been reading this little book,” cried Navalny, who wore jeans, a black coat and a knotted grey scarf. “It’s called the Russian constitution. And it says that the only source of power in Russia is the people. So I don’t want to hear those who say we’re appealing to the authorities. Who’s the power here?” “We are!” the crowd shouted in delight. “Who’s the power?” Navalny repeated. “We are!”

Navalny has been quoted as saying “people aren’t afraid of my views. They are just afraid of the work nationalism”, which is paralleled with the residual anti-socialistic ideals in the U.S. since the Cold War.

Read more at the Guardian, BBC, Wall Street Journal.



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