The policy of the authorities put on one side of the political divide left and right, and liberals. Although none of what the coalition is out of the question, says Alexander Plyuschev.
For the first time in the past 11 years on 4 November in Moscow will not be “Russian March”. Authorities refused its initiators under the pretext that in this day and so many events. Including “the Right March”, a request which was filed by one of the organizers of “Russian March” in the past. It will take place traditionally on the outskirts of town in Lublin.
Enemies – the law
A few years ago I got in the program “Special opinion”, which I from time to time lead to “echo of Moscow”, there was such a case. We discussed with one of the program events of the week, was coming 4 November, and we are talking about “Russian March”, which the authorities then banned. My liberal guest, contrary to my expectations, praised the city’s leadership for such a policy. In General, given to understand that it would be better right not to allow to walk the streets.
Liberal activists at that time had great difficulty with the organization of actions, especially in the center of Moscow. And it seemed to support the suppression of any other protest, albeit one that for you is categorically unacceptable from the point of view of ideology, at least rational. Not to mention the position “I do not agree with any word that you say, but is willing to die for your right to say it” you love to say, but not in a hurry to follow it. Years later, the authorities were confronted not only liberals and nationalists, but between them.
Will survive the brand “Russian March”?
The history of “Russian marches” it is easy to see how the authorities have tried different approaches to these shares. Marches and rallies were either permitted or forbade, then coordinated application of several organizations or even combined them almost every year they come up with something new. This time it resembles an experiment to verify the viability of the brand “Russian March”: whether he will survive, if allowed to hold the event under a different name, without the word “Russian”. Attempts to intercept the brand has repeatedly made – “Russian March” held a Pro-Kremlin movement “Nashi”, but absolutely without success, except the success of the development budget or okololegochnykh money.
The nationalist movement in Russia, never differing by unity (which is especially ironic looks 4 November – national Unity day), now the most heavily fragmented and weakened. Many of its leaders and the brightest have been persecuted, the authorities treated them much tougher than with liberal opponents. Incidentally, the technology of persecution, which was worked out on various activists, including nationalists, are now on a much wider leg.
For example, the case of Vladimir Kvachkova on training in Kovrov uprising, armed with crossbows, much like the case of the “New grandeur”, “Network” or the sentence which was recently passed in Rostov-on-don. Can somehow relate to Kvachkov, his views and actions, however, we must acknowledge that many liberal-minded people are quite loyal to what is very similar to the fabrication of a criminal case. Now they can all the same experience if not for yourself, then people are much more socially close.
Not only is unwittingly brings now the liberals and the right. Although antiimmigrant mood, judging by the polls, are again on the rise, nationalist agenda that is very popular among the population. “Russian marches” in recent years, could not boast of a large number of participants, it is not necessary to wait for them this time. Perhaps trying to avoid the final marginalization of the nationalists followed, so to speak, the actual political trends of the season: this year they are going to go with the requirements of the freedom of political prisoners, fair elections, respect for human rights and freedom of speech. And those application which is rejected, generally require the resignation of Vladimir Putin, however, this is unlikely the reason for the refusal.
Without a coalition
It turns out that power, and then bleed and facing different opposition forces among themselves, in the twentieth year forced all active opponents in the same field. Left with the support of the liberals to seriously strengthen its presence in the Moscow city Duma, right out demanding the release of political prisoners and holding fair elections. Their meeting is unlikely to come to a regular stock Bulk (despite the fact that he himself in his time at the “Russian marches” would drop, and even performed), but the slogans there will sound almost the same.
This does not mean forming in the near future, a broad coalition of opposition forces. A similar attempt was made seven years ago in the form of the coordinating Council of the opposition and nothing good is not over, more – many of its members have been harassed and pressured by the authorities. But a single requirements is almost formed, and they all boil down to the change of power through elections. And, it seems, is less liberal-minded citizens who would like to ban the right to walk the streets of Moscow.
Author: Alexander plushev – the journalist of radio “Echo of Moscow”, the author of the weekly column on DW. Telegram: @PlushevChannel, Twitter: @plushev
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