Russia’s opposition movement turned to violence on Sunday, after it was embarrassed by yet another puny turnout. It bloodied police officers and pro-Kremlin journalists and it vandalized property. It became a mob, and a small one at that. Once again, Russia sunk to a new low. Its only accomplishment was that finally it forced the Kremlin to escalate the violence used against it, but that came at the cost of losing its own credibility and being led by a throng of neo-Nazis (Udaltsov), crypto-fascists (Navalny), Communists and hopelessly confused, leaderless, agendaless followers.
Yevgenia Khvoshchinskaya, a 30-year-old education specialist who was carrying a poster referencing Russia’s Decembrist revolutionaries of the 19th century, told the New York Times: “I don’t know why I came. The last protests did not achieve anything. There is no program. The people are tired.”
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