Russia’s great “December evolution”

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December 13, 2011
The Nation
by Katrina vanden Heuvel  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"It was the most striking display of grassroots democracy and activism since the early 1990s. Police showed restraint, and Moscow’s mayor even provided free bus rides to protesters who had arrived at the wrong location. 'Everything is flowing and changing,' a Russian friend e-mailed me Sunday night. She had marched to Bolotnaya Square on December 10 in a group which included Communists, liberals, anarchists and nationalists, even members of the Russian Orthodox Church -- a cacophonous coalition unified, for the moment, in demanding the immediate release of prisoners arrested last week in connection with the protests and the investigation of election violations." (12/12/11)  

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