Corruption of the russian authorities and oppression of citizens are something a typical Russian has got used to since the reign of Vladimir Putin. However, there’re still a big mass of people who aren’t indifferent and aren’t going to surrender to all the injustices that are happening in Russia.
Yesterday on the 7th of October on the birthday of Putin they showed their faces throughout the whole Russia. The trigger to be up in arms again against the current government was the unjust arrest of the opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who is leading a presidential campaign and finds a lot of support in the whole Russia.
The main rallies were hold in Moscow and Saint Petersburg where thousands of people were marching on the central streets chanting “Free Navalny”, “Russia without Putin”, Happy birthday" (an irony to Putin’s jubilee).
It’s important to note that the police
were especially fierce and cruel: there were a few cases when people got serious injuries from the hands of police officers.
What distinguishes yesterday’s rallies from others is that it’s not ended. People hope that they can turn the rally into something bigger and more serious. Today in Moscow in Manezhnaya Square people are going to continue their demonstrations and are ready to stay for the night. The first demonstrators were already arrested. The organisators have started a campaign to collect food and warm clothes. The same kind of action is going to be held in Saint Petersburg.
The authorities are currently acting most fiercely and are not ashamed of violating the Russian Constitution and people’s liberty.
Seems like Pandora’s box was opened.. Well, let’s see what the future holds for freedom-loving Russians.