The March of Dissenters in St. Petersburg, 3 March 2007. Note the variety of flags and banners present.
The March of Dissenters in St. Petersburg, 3 March 2007. Note the variety of flags and banners present. Source.

One thing we Russian students can’t escape hearing about the “opposition” in Russia. People in the field talk about it all the time. Journalists talk about the opposition, too: they’ll mention how the US ambassador met with opposition figures, or Putin’s latest method of persecuting these people.

But who are the opposition? Clever people (i.e. my readers) won’t be surprised to learn that the opposition is not monolithic. In fact, there are a ton of groups in Russia (they may not have many supporters, but many groups exist) that oppose the current ruling party, United Russia.

I will be writing a series of posts about these groups in upcoming days. Stay tuned for a series of objective, illuminating posts that draw on Russian-language sources inaccessible to the average Western analyst.

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