Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg: Putin Should Fear a New Generation of Protesters
At first sight, the Russian anti-corruption protests on Sunday didn't draw enough people to rock the Kremlin. And yet they must be extremely worrying for Russian President Vladimir Putin: The movement against him, which he had every reason to write off as dead, is attracting a new generation of Russians throughout the country.
Alexei Navalny, who plans to run for president next year, called on Russians to take to the streets on March 26 to protest the corruption of Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, as described in a recent investigation by Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation. It accused Medvedev of amassing vast wealth, including palatial homes and a yacht, through a network of non-profit organizations run by his friends. The foundation produced a film detailing the story, which has been watched almost 13 million times on YouTube. The government dismissed the investigation as electioneering and didn't even attempt a substantive answer.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 27, 2017
Russia protests: Why Navalny rattles Kremlin -- Sarah Rainsford, BBC News
Russia’s Protests Explained: Why Rubber Ducks, Sneakers Are at Demonstrations -- Alexey Eremenko, NBC
Russia is the house that Vladimir Putin built – and he’ll never abandon it -- Dmitri Trenin, The Guardian
With an Arab NATO and a contained Iran, Trump is changing the Middle East -- Lawrence Solomon, National Post
A Lot of Work to Do': What's on the Agenda of the Putin-Rouhani Meeting? -- Sputnik
Hong Kong’s election results are in, and Beijing won -- Tripti Lahiri, Quartz
DR Congo unrest: Why are police in Kasai being decapitated? -- Thomas Fessy, BBC News
Why Are Chinese Moving to Malaysia by the Thousands? -- Sukumaran & Liu, South China Morning Post
Saudis Thinking Beyond Oil in Asia Courtship -- John Sfakianakis, Bloomberg
German Voters Reject a Government with Radicals -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Russia Ignites Violence in Ukraine -- Nolan Peterson, Daily Signal
The glue that binds Britain and the United States together -- John Lloyd, Reuters
How To Counter Political Islam -- Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Hoover Institution
On the Likelihood of Large Urban Conflict in the 21st Century -- Sean M. Castilla, Small Wars Journal
Trump Must Stand His Ground with NATO -- Ted Galen Carpenter, National Interest