“It’s hard to say how many people came out to Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square today. Was it eighty-five thousand, like the protest’s organizers said? Was it twenty-five thousand, like the police said? Was it fifty thousand—the Russian media’s estimates? Whatever it was, it was definitely more than the thirty-five thousand that had R.S.V.P.’d on Facebook. The square was packed, a small pedestrian bridge studded with artificial trees hung with locks left there by lovers was packed to the point that police warned it would collapse into the river below. There were still more people on the other side. There were people in the trees. “Young man, come on down!” someone yelled. “We have a banana for you!”” Read more.
Writes the New Yorker about the protests that took place in Moscow on Saturday, December 10, against the now widely-agreed falsification of the Parliamentary election results.
The following analysis, although reportedly biased, gives a good understanding of the changes taking place in Russia over the last twenty years and the disappointment of 99% of the people with the way their country has fared since embracing capitalism.