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This is How Russians Say “Occupy”

Mass protests in Russia have proven to be a predominantly urban phenomenon.

Indeed many conservative, socially conservative rural Russians look on the protesters with suspicion.
Even so:
“They are far from content with the current political system, which they see as hopelessly corrupt and inept at providing basic services.  Their support for Putin grows thinner by the month, and a major economic crisis could quite easily provoke them on a massive scale.”

“The ultimate challenge for Russia’s liberal activists is to forge these two strands of dissatisfaction into a united coalition for change.  And the top priority for the Kremlin is to prevent that from happening.”

“52 percent of Russians opposed the demonstrations, compared with 32 percent that supported them.  Only eight percent said that they were willing to march in one.”

“Whereas Moscow crowds have rallied behind abstract concepts, such as fairness and democracy…Russians are most concerned with the state’s dwindling ability to provide essential services, such as health care, education, housing, personal security, and effective courts.”

“Nine of the country’s 83 regions together produce more than half the country’s GDP… In 2010, 41 of the regions received more in federal aid than the combined net profits of all their local enterprises…Redistribution from rich to poor regions…has been central to more than just the country’s economy. Since 1991 it has been crucial to winning elections…
Putin, with his earthy aphorisms, jibes at the West, and macho stunts…riding horses bare chested- aimed to tap into the culture of the provinces.”

“Reacting to the chaotic change of the 1990s Russians began to show a preference for centralization, hierarchy, and state control. Disappointment with Putin’s ineffective and corrupt top-down governance is now pushing Russia backk toward a desire for more open and less intrusive leadership.”

Foreign Affairs
The Other Russia: Discontent Grows in the Hinterlands
Mikhail Dmitriev and Daniel Treisman

4 responses to “This is How Russians Say “Occupy”

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  2. Eric Patton September 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I didn’t like the undertone of this article, comrade. I recommend removing it at once. To imply that anyone would want to rebel against an innocent man who adopts puppies is ludicrous.

    • Giovanni Dannato September 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Yes…(gulp)…commissar. This post will soon be subject to “extreme revison” aka. “erasure” as specified under the people’s statutes.

    • Giovanni Dannato September 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Esteemed Commissar,

      The following addition to the article is enclosed for your review. Perhaps this will adjust the tone of the article to your satisfaction:

      “Only 39 percent characterized him(Putin) as ‘businesslike, active, energetic,’ down from 62 percent in February 2008; 18 percent said he was ‘intelligent, cultured,’ down from 43 percent; and only seven percent considered him ‘honest, decent, uncorrupted,” down from 24 percent.”

      We would be happy to discuss this latest revision with you in person but regrettably you will find our offices have relocated to New York for the forseeable future so we might promote the people’s interests abroad as we have at home.

      Nevertheless, you are sure to find more revisions forthcoming.

      Sincerely yours,

      Forward Base B

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