Saturday, September 15, 2012

Anti-Kremlin Protests Expected In Russia

With Vladimir Putin over four months into his latest presidency, critics say he is pursuing a harder line that will only galvanise the opposition movement.

Thousands of protesters are expected to gather in Moscow today to put that theory to the test.

One of them, opposition star Yevgenia Chirikova, is making a bid for political office.

The formidable environmental activist is on a mission to become mayor of the key town of Khimki on the outskirts of Moscow.

On a drizzly Thursday, she is out on a campaign trail which isn't short of surprises. Her smiling, relaxed demeanour belies what may be a rough ride ahead.

First, she is interrupted by some 'spirited' locals who drown out her speech to supporters, including opposition poster boy Alexei Navalny.

He said: "It doesn't matter whether (the) Kremlin tolerates her, what matters is for the citizens of Khimki to do what it takes for her to win."

Then comes more disruption, this time from Nationalists, here to protest against her candidacy. Read More