Youth in Moscow held demonstrations in the streets to showcase how traditionally overlooked local elections have rejuvenated democracy, opposition, and civil society. Young liberal Russians who support the opposition gathered for a rally protesting against unfair Moscow State Duma elections in the center of Moscow on Wednesday in the afternoon.Russian citizens will vote in municipal and regional parliamentary elections on September 8.The whole lead-up to elect the 45 members of the city parliament or, “Duma”, has been marked by an unexpected succession of large rallies for free and fair polls, which has been organized by the opposition and mostly met with a crackdown.
There was a discontent which rose in mid-June when Moscow’s electoral committee denied no more than 57 opposition and independent candidates – supported by thousands of Muscovites – a spot on the ballot for the city legislature.
More than 200 total candidates among whom there were well-known opposition figures were barred from running in the elections by the electoral committee. Activists and observers have claimed that the committee’s motives are dubious at best.
More than 2000 young citizens of Moskow protested this whole week in the Russian capital, in the sixth protest of the summer. Their main demonstrations were against alleged political repression and fascism, with many young liberal opposition leaders later jailed for calling the initial protests.Authorities from Kremlin and Moscow still expect this window of protests and turmoil to close and be forgotten quickly once the vote ends.