Protests in authoritarian regimes like Russia or Turkey can be very different to those in the West. When a demonstration takes place in a Western country, they are as natural to society as, say, elections. They are seen as part of democratic expression, a means of putting pressure on rulers.
In Vladimir Putin’s Russia, any prospective protestor is weighed down by heavy historical, political and psychological constraints. They harbor a more general fear that a protestor “might face the consequences” …read more