Jens Siegert on the Protest Movement One Year On: The Ice Has Broken!

posted 19 Dec 2012, 01:38 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Dec 2012, 02:01 ]
10 December 2012

By Jens Siegert 

Source: Jens Siegert’s Russia Blog 

Shortly before the anniversary of the first major protests against vote-rigging in the December 2011 parliamentary elections, the pro-Kremlin political analyst Alexei Mukhin of the Centre for Political Information in Moscow published a study entitled "Are the Turbulent Times over?“ Predictably, Mukhin’s answer to this – presumably rhetorically intended – question is a resounding "Yes". His study claims that following the protests of the last winter and spring Putin is again wholly in charge. Moreover, he was able to deal with the “turbulence” without having tanks roll down the streets of Moscow. Purely by political methods, so to speak. The arrests and convictions of demonstrators as well as the host of repressive laws rushed through the parliament hardly get a mention in Mukhin’s study. Could he and other Putin acolytes be right? [Read more]