Mass Protests in Russia. Is the beginning of the end of Putin?

  • Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been arrested at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow.


    Thousands of people joined rallies nationwide, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations.



    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39398305
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    Putin still enjoys widespread support in Russia, no idea why. But over a 100 protests took place today in towns and cities all over Russia, can the gangster regime of Putin last another generation?


    The reports today of the wealth than Putin and chums have built up mirrors that of the old soviet leaders. When the USSR collapsed, we all saw the lifestyles of these scumbags, but in Russia at least, they just replaced one load of gangsters with another.


    Can it carry on like this, or will the country implode at some point? Perhaps Putin might throw Medvedev to the mob at some point to protect himself.


    The more Putin feels threatened at home domestically, the more dangerous he'll become on the world stage as a way to divert attention.


    I'm glad we don't share a border with Russia and I feel sorry for those that do.

  • This is why I believe that politics can't solve problems any more, if it ever really could. It is now as bad as absolute monarchy or various theocratic and secular tyrannies. Once they are in they build up a "swamp" filled with their buddies and contacts and this becomes an elite that no one can breach. You get in if you have the credentials and if not, you are either assassinated or you are taken down by skulduggery.


    Probably why few want to go in for politics. Those who do are either part of that system or they are so gullible and naive that they end up contaminated, disillusioned, or dead.

  • I'm waiting to see what happens to this opposition leader who was arrested yesterday. Presumably he'll be released but as he wants to run for president next year, I am expecting he'll have a "accident" at some point.

  • True, Russia is a scary place. Most places emerging from oppressive regimes just get more oppression and the rise of gangsterism in politics, apart from everywhere else in society. (I speak from experience, :()

  • I'm waiting to see what happens to this opposition leader who was arrested yesterday. Presumably he'll be released but as he wants to run for president next year, I am expecting he'll have a "accident" at some point.


    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders during mass protests on Sunday.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39404985
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    Well, they've stuck him in jail, but he's alive. For now.

  • I don't think Russians are blind to Putin's negatives but they have fallen for his propaganda that the US and to a lesser extent the EU are responsible for any problems and that Putin is the best man to fight back. In reality Putin is behind most of their problems. I worked there a couple of years ago and everyone I met was a slightly reluctant Putin supporter. This was a long way from Moscow though where you felt they hadn't moved beyond the communist mindset very much.

  • I do have some sympathy for the Russian people. They've had and still have terrible leaders and they've never been free yet.


    All the major media is controlled by Putin and we can't really imagine what it is like to turn on a news channel and only hear propaganda. Well, actually I can a little bit as we have Russia Today here.


    If the majority of Russians have jobs and food in their stomachs, they won't cause too much fuss for Putin. But his gangster regime is sucking the lifeblood and wealth out of the country and I think its only a matter of time before the regime, the country and perhaps other countries, implode (or explode).

  • More than 250 people have been arrested as supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny held protests in some 80 cities across Russia, reports say.


    They were demanding he be allowed to stand in 2018 presidential elections.

    The Russians aren't stupid and know they don't live in a democratic country.


    After the mass protests earlier in the year, there is now another wave of them.


    If the Russians think that Putin will allow a serious candidate to stand against him in next year's elections, they are deluded. Putin will stay in power until he is either too elderly or he's removed by force.


    Will this escalate? Mass protests one minute, revolution the next.


    Happy 65th, Mr Putin. :)

  • Russians still prefer Putin. I think outside of Moscow you'll struggle to find too many people that are against him. Having said that I wouldn't say they love him either, they just dislike the opposition a lot more (partly thanks to Putin backed media...).

  • Protests in 80 cities, Hoxton. Not just Moscow.


    Compared to Russia's overall population, the numbers in these protests are still relatively small, but they're not going away and are growing.


    The Putin controlled media is a big problem. His main instrument to poison the minds of the young.

  • The people wont back down, once they have stood up. It takes enormous courage to stand up as the punishment is severe when the dictator is only there by the strength of his own security forces and propaganda.


    We live in changing times and people are starting to rebel against imperial structures and their pompous little emperors (and empresses). Which is why the EU will also become a listing ship in time, if it hasn't already begun to sink.


    There will always be large numbers of entrenched support because they think they are getting something out of the dictatorship that they would simply die without if this left the stage. They are wrong, but it takes a while to discover this and often revolutions go ahead anyway on the strength of a smaller number of heroic dissenters. Can take some time to accomplish, but nothing lasts forever. Even Zimbabwe's regime will fall. It isn't divine, it isn't there by divine dispensation. It is subject to the same rot that erodes everything. It will eventually go. Many may not live to see it, but it will eventually go and so will all the other power groups that are struggling to cling on.


    When the new queen in a hive emerges, she kills the old queen if the old queen does not take her retinue and leave. As in Nature, so too in human nature.

  • The people wont back down, once they have stood up. It takes enormous courage to stand up as the punishment is severe when the dictator is only there by the strength of his own security forces and propaganda.

    It will be interesting to see what happens next year when the Russian presidential elections are on.

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