Russia's opposition figures are exposing the country's democracy deficit

Russian oppositionists are taking to YouTube to express why they oppose Putin and his corrupt Russia

Protests in Moscow
Julia Pettengill
On 18 September 2012 17:34

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors took to the streets of Moscow this past weekend, after a summer which saw Pussy Riot members jailed for two years, and key opposition figures arrested.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to deny that the hitherto impotent opposition movement is not going to yield in its demands for meaningful democratic reforms. 

While some Westminster groups appear to be keen on establishing a working relationship with Putin's government, opposition figures concerned with deteriorating human rights and an expansion of corruption in the country have turned their gaze on Moscow, demanding wholesale reforms and early elections.

To coincide with this latest pro-democracy protest, The Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society this weekend launched the “White Ribbon Project,” an online video campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the ongoing pro-democracy protest movement in the Russian Federation, symbolised by the white ribbon lapel pins popularised by protestors.

From calls for freedom of expression to the desire to challenge corruption and electoral fraud, the white ribbon ultimately carries a simple message: the peaceful demand for the dignity that derives from equality under the law and genuine democratic representation.

The White Ribbon Project is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness and was inspired by the thousands of ordinary Russians who have peacefully protested against electoral fraud and in favour of democratic reform since December 2011.

Please watch and share our first video to help highlight the campaign and highlight the human rights abuses of the current regime in Russia. 

Julia Pettengill is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society think tank and co-chair of the Russia Studies Centre

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