New wave Russian activism in wake of a massive resettlement scheme


A government plan to demolish Soviet-era low-rise apartments and resettle residents in anonymous towers inspired tens of thousands of ordinary Muscovites to become involved in grassroots political activism for the first time. Tens of thousands of Moscow residents have, in recent weeks, rallied on the streets of their city in protest of a government plan to demolish hundreds of Soviet-era housing units. Given the rarity of popular protest in Putin’s Russia, the sustained high level of participation in these demonstrations has captured the attention of the international news media. Something about this particular issue has jolted Russia’s slumbering civil society, inspiring activism...

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