Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Rally politics

Limited and controlled rallies might be the most active kind of politics in Russia.

Moscow nationalist rally hears attack on Putin party
An annual rally of radical nationalists in Moscow has cheered a fierce condemnation of the ruling party by a leading anti-corruption campaigner.

Alexei Navalny, one of Russia's most popular bloggers, told a crowd of some 7,000 that United Russia was "the party of crooks and thieves"…

[The rally] was held on Russia's National Unity Day, a public holiday introduced in 2005 to replace the Soviet celebration of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

The gathering was sanctioned by the authorities but confined to a district on the outskirts of the Russian capital, Lyublino…

Speaking to Reuters, he said the Russian March was a chance to "discuss problems which really exist in the society but which are taboo and are never discussed in the parliament, on television or anywhere else".

"We have problems with illegal migration, we have the problem of the Caucasus, we have a problem of ethnic crimes...," he said…

A smaller "anti-fascist" rally was also in Moscow in protest at the "Russian March".

Large rallies by United Russia and the pro-Kremlin Nashi youth movement were also held in the capital to mark the holiday.

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