Misha Most is an artist who lives in Moscow. He was present at Tuesday night’s protests, which took place not far from his home.
I was really surprised when so many turned out for the first night of demonstrations on Monday. When there are protests in Moscow, they’re usually very small and the people who go to them are very political. Over the last few days there’s been a very different kind of crowd.
Everybody came out. Students, workers, truck drivers, artists, filmmakers… A lot of people who live here, who know that the situation in Russia is really awful, and who care. This doesn’t happen often. The last time we saw something like this was in the early 90s.
‘We know that it’s impossible to get rid of Putin’
You have to keep in mind that the situation in Russia is not like the situation in Egypt earlier this year, when they were calling for Mubarak to leave. The protesters in Moscow want to show they know they have been scammed [in the Sunday’s parliamentary elections] and they don’t like it. We know that it’s impossible to get rid of Putin. Besides, there’s no one that we can count on to take his place.
Video courtesy of Misha Most.
Russia is a rough country, and the police are very tough. When protests were called again on Tuesday night, they were afraid there was going to be too many people, so they brought out security forces in addition to the police. They reacted to the situation very harshly considering that the protesters were just standing there – it wasn’t like they were breaking windows of burning cars”.