Political Spring 2012

­Natalya Narochnitskaya – Political Analyst

The election is over but Russia’s main cities are looking forward to another week, at least, of fierce political debate. Massive street rallies began yesterday, when Vladimir Putin’s supporters flooded Moscow’s main squares. More are scheduled for tonight – both, pro- and anti-Putin. The activity is sparking mixed reaction. But it’s clear that Vladimir Putin gave due consideration to protesters’ demands, as some of them were reflected in his electoral manifestos.
So, is it a sign of a growing civic consciousness, or of alarming political turbulence? We put the question to Natalya Narochnitskaya, head of the European Institute for Democracy and Cooperation.