The Guardian, UK
Putin always understood that in order to control Russia, it must be popular “among the masses” and from time to time revealing to punish someone from the elite: a good “king” puts in place the greedy Dukes. Rating is very important: to rule effectively, enough 60% support; to rule comfortably — 70%. The support level of 50% which is considered quite acceptable in the West, is fraught with the beginning of the civil war in Russia.
The National Post, Canada
The Moscow protest was like at the same time to the protest of angry men and a party of old friends. There were enough students who danced and laughed, the crowd shouted: “All don’t get arrested!” The young man was detained for a couple of rubber ducks (according to the investigation the FCO, in the country Medvedev duck has his own house). “Shame!” — shouted the youth. “Shame!” — shouted a small group of pensioners.
The New York Times, USA
Sunday’s protests in Russia, not only against corruption, but also show public discontent with President Putin. The protests were the most massive anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2011-2012, when the discontent caused the falsification of the elections.
Trying to prevent the arrest of Navalny on Sunday, protesters shouted: “This is our city”. Others chanted the slogan “Russia without Putin” and held placards accusing the President and the government in the theft.
Himself Navalny, a charismatic opposition leader protests of 2011-2012, was able to draw detention and repression against the opposition to their advantage. Last week when it poured green paint in Siberia, he was glad that now looks like a real superhero.
Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden
The first obvious conclusion: corruption is one of the most important unifying political problems, as this topic applies to all, young and old, right and left. That is why this issue is able to mobilize people to hold protests against the ruling elite of Russia, that is why we saw so many people at demonstrations in the huge number of Russian cities. <…> The bulk — the most famous figure from the opposition of the last generation, and it is important. The question, however, is the measure of his real freedom of action.
The Kremlin is at a crossroads: what are the implications of the protests across Russia
The Newsweek, USA
Since Putin became President again, the opposition in Russia finally eased, but the Bulk became its most prominent figure. Tougher laws and penalties for rallies lowered the chances of the opposition to assert itself and even more to get a seat in Parliament. But the campaign against Navalny, Medvedev seem to have breathed new life into the opposition movement.