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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.
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.
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.
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.