Report "The Rulers and the Ruled in Today's Russia"
A wave of demonstrations against the authorities has swept over Russia since the end of 2011. It was sparked by the election frauds that took place during the parliamentary elections (December 2011) as well as the presidential electoral campaign and the elections themselves in March 2012. Moscow was at the centre of events where the biggest rallies were staged. The main impulse for the protests was a demand for free and fair elections.
A question of key importance is therefore worth asking: Are these events a symptom of change in the relationship between the rulers and the ruled in Russia, judged from the perspective of a few decades or even a few hundreds of years, or are they rather a passing phenomenon that will not leave any significant trace in the history of Russia? This report attempts to answer this question.