If you haven’t been following the news in Russia, it is time to start. Sometime we are so focused on our own country’s issues, that we fail to see recognize the significance of world news. Currently (late January, 2021), the streets of Russia are full of unrest and more blazenly against Putin’s regime than the have in the last few decades (explore this map with the various protests across Russia). I’m not making predictions, but this has the feeling of a geopolitical event that could topple a regime. If that does happen, we need to keep our eyes on the ground. First, what is the backstory of Alexey Navalny, that the protesters are asking to be released? This article from the New Yorker is a great primer to the backstory of Alexey Navalny’s push to shine the light on corruption within Putin’s regime. Second, how is the Russian government handling the protests and the what might it mean for the regime? There are main great articles, but read a few to stay current on this topic.
- More than 3,000 arrested in Protests (AP)
- Social Media fuels the protests despite governmental attempts to censor (NPR)
- US Response to Russian protests (The Hill)
- The Kremlin’s Response to the protests (Al-Jazeera)
- Recap of the issue (USA Today)
- 3-minute podcast about the protests (NPR)
- Why these anti-Putin protest might to different (CNBC)