After two decades under Vladimir Putin’s rule, Russians are taking to the streets in growing numbers to voice their opposition to the Kremlin and its increasingly unpopular policies. Russian youth now stand out as some of the loudest voices calling the Kremlin to account. As authorities have attempted to control, distract, and repress this wave of youth activism, a new generation of Russians is finding its footing on the streets in protests and demanding an end to harmful Kremlin policies.

Despite the momentum gained from a summer of protest, Russian opposition groups continue to face serious challenges, which they will have to overcome before they achieve long-term success in Russia’s tightly controlled politics.

The authors of the paper, Dr. Olga Khostunova and Ms. Ksenia Kirillova, discuss their research and the implications with Ambassador John Herbst and Dr. Maria Snegovaya.


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