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There is one small difference: Navalny didn't win any elections thus far. Only after several years those kids will be able to go to polling stations and still they will be a small minority. It will take 10-15 years for this generation to become important politically. Generally speaking the problem of Russian liberal opposition is that they desperate generating much ado with their public rallies they were unable to formulate a coherent political program and with some exceptions demonstrated pathetic results at elections. If they will be able to overcome these problems is a big "?". Certainly Navalny achieved an unequivocal success in developing the network of regional organizations and becoming an uncontested opposition leader, but that is just a part of his challenges.
I find the common reaction to the event exaggerated, that is probably due to a lack of large events recently. A generally sober assessment here:
https://www.stratfor.com/geopolitica...mpaign=article
I wasn't speaking of any immediate political effects nor about Navalny or elections in particular. What I was surprised with was the participation of young people in political rallies. When I was an activist about 15 years ago, one would've thought twice about making it known to his peers that he's into activist street politics as it would've made him something like a total nerd or an idiot in their eyes. Now we're witnessing a tectonic shift in young people's perceptions of such political participation. Should big political rallies of 2011-12 scale occur, they are going to be much more fun. And in order to provoke serious changes in a country's politics, it's not always necessary to have one single political leader with one party as the events of Maidan have demonstrated.
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And in order to provoke serious changes in a country's politics, it's not always necessary to have one single political leader with one party as the events of Maidan have demonstrated.
Maidan at least had some influential leaders and powerful opposition parties with a large share in Parliament. Russian protesters have their 2% of votes. To provoke serious change they need a larger popular support, they need a coherent political program, they need to work in regions. Some rallies (even large) with teenagers won't do that.
Large scale enlistment of teenagers into political activity can have consequences in future but not in the immediate perspective.
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Maidan at least had some influential leaders and powerful opposition parties with a large share in Parliament. Russian protesters have their 2% of votes. To provoke serious change they need a larger popular support, they need a coherent political program, they need to work in regions. Some rallies (even large) with teenagers won't do that.
Large scale enlistment of teenagers into political activity can have consequences in future but not in the immediate perspective.
Well, yes, I was speaking of the trends and mid-to-long-term perspectives, and the sociological significance of the sudden emergence of young people in street politics.
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I have found young people to be very much overrated
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Aleksey Navalny is released after a 15-days arrest:
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New series of opposition rallies organized by M. Khodrokovsky end with a flop: the largest meeting in Moscow this Saturday was attended by 200 people which seemed to be smaller than the number of press present:
http://dailytimes.com.pk/world/30-Ap...ys-go-putin-go
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Moscow court sentenced Aleksey Kosykh (30) to 4 years in jail for assaulting policemen during the opposition rally on 26 March. One of the victims lost consciousness after receiving a kick from Kosykh and was taken to a hospital. Kosykh admitted his guilt but explained his actions by "impulse" induced by rude police action. He is already a fourth men sentenced to jail in the aftermath of the 26 March rally. Two more are under arrest and awaiting trial.
https://lenta.ru/news/2017/08/09/kosyh/
https://www.gazeta.ru/social/2017/08/09/10825826.shtml
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