Is Russia waking up?

This text is being written in the heat of events, immediately following the mass protests that occurred in most regions of Russia on January 23 and 31, 2021. The total number of protestors throughout the country on January 23 was put by the authorities at fewer than 10,000, but by the opposition much more. The largest of the demonstrations was, as usual, the one in Moscow, where according to the official count some 4,000 people came onto the streets, while unofficial figures show a much bigger number. Similar numbers took part in the protests on January 31, but this time the clashes were much more fierce, and according to various accounts, between 2,000 and 4,000 people were detained.

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