Protest in Russia
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What makes people take to the streets?

Protest is pointless, so many people say, and all the more so in Russia. But there’s a lot happening on Russia’s streets all the same. Quite a variety of experiences can motivate people to protest: outrage, feeling threatened – or just the fun factor, says Jan Matti Dollbaum.

Outrage, Shock and the Fun Factor: What Motivates Protest?

Protests are always against Putin… aren’t they?

No. In fact, protests are often explicitly intended to be apolitical. And they start where people are directly affected: right outside their own front doors. Carine Clément on different kinds of protest.

“Take to the Streets or Keep Quiet”: Protests in Russia Today

How does political protest originate?

Does political protest originate 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.

“We are the Power”: Protest as Politics

Power and pressure from the streets: How stable is the regime?

The probability that pressure from the streets will trigger a power shift in Russia is low, agree Graeme Robertson and Vladimir Gel’man. The two political scientists differ in their assessment of why that is the case, though.

The Power Question: Can the Street Take Down the Regime?

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