Protest is often explicitly intended to be apolitical. And it starts in the places where people are directly affected: right outside their own front doors. Carine Clément on different kinds of protest.
How does political protest arise in Russia? From the bottom up, as a grassroots movement? Or are activists deliberately recruited by political actors? Both of these are true – and both are false, says Jan Matti Dollbaum.
The Putin system is stable, and the probability that pressure from the street will result in a change of government is low, according to political scientists Graeme Robertson and Vladimir Gel’man. But making predictions is a tricky business – particularly considering how creative Russian society can be.