29/5/17

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A while back I wrote about life in the so called communal apartments, the huge concrete and iron mastodons hosting millions of Russians in the suburbs of big cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. They've become something like an institution, an inherent part of the Russian urban and cultural landscape.

Well, guess what. This year, just a year before the upcoming presidential election in Russia, the biggest protests (something like a pre-election tradition) are not organized by the opposition. And not because there's almost no opposition left in Russia (which is true), but because they're inspired by people's fears that they might lose their homes. About a fortnight ago, 17 thousand people protested on the Moscow streets, and the reason was the development plans of the local authorities that have now received green light from Putin himself.

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