written by Oleg Zhuravlev, Natalya Savelyeva, Maxim Alyukov (Laboratory of Public Sociology) The Bolotnaya Square protest, which divided Russian society in 2011, is now barely discussed in any public forum. How can it be that the first real large-scale protest since 1993 has been forgotten so quickly, and although it did prompt repression by the government, did not succeed in becoming a long-term social movement with the ability to radically change society? Many commentators attempted to answer this question with a discussion of the weakness of the political opposition and institutions of civil society in Ru ..
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