Poll: protest movement in Russia to slow down
3.10.12 17:01 By News Dept.
According to Levada, some three or four protest lines have emerged in Russia recently. Photo: Reuters
The protest movement in Russia will slow down and might stop at some point, however the next "protest boom" is going to be more uncontrollable and rough, says a new poll by the Levada poll center.
"Mass protests have revealed the inner contradiction of Russia's political system. The deliberate destruction of civil structures which provided for a peaceful course of events, automatically raise the risk that the next time public discontent is expressed, it would be more uncontrollable and more violent," sociologists think.
According to Levada, some three or four protest lines have emerged in Russia recently.
"We speak of three or four protest movements: observation, political protest, civil protest, including the youth movement "Occupy!", the report says.
Levada-center experts think that an alternative to the Putin regime would be a competitive, varied, public political movement.
The poll center also questioned some 45 protest leaders and activists. They said that no reforms are possible in Russian high circles. "The state machine is far stronger than the public movement," the Levada report says.
"The absence of a clear program is the main problem of today's opposition. It still does not have a leader who can come up with a distinct plan as to what to do," the report adds.
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