The creativity of protest and what it tells us

posted 20 Jun 2012, 03:14 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Jun 2012, 09:01 ]
20 June 2012

By Tatyana Shamsova

"The endless lies coming from this 'Putin' and those who are behind him are an insult even to those who have nothing to complain about" – Bolshoi gorod magazine  

I’ve picked up this slogan among a huge variety of creative protest signs at the June 12 rally as a vivid example of the huge gulf that exists between the young urban professionals who make up the backbone of the ongoing opposition protests and the authorities. The difference is “primarily stylistic in nature", as a Soviet writer, Andrey Syniavsky, put it, speaking about his disagreements with the Soviet authorities. [Read more]