Opposition politician Alexei Navalny on weekends travels to the cities of Russia. “Ekaterinburg: bombyces”; “I don’t want to leave OMSK” he writes in social networks. In recent weeks Navalny has visited Murmansk, Yekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Novosibirsk. Intend to visit Nizhniy Novgorod, Orenburg, Arkhangelsk, and this is only the beginning. But can we call it a successful regional tour and reveals whether it is a new electoral horizons?
These trips occur within the framework of his presidential campaign which is in full swing, although the likelihood is that the Bulk of elections will register close to zero.
According to the organizers, the rally in Murmansk gathered three thousand people (police said about 500 protesters), in Yekaterinburg — 8-10 thousand (according to police — 1400), in other cities, the spread of numbers was similar and depended on the number of inhabitants. The opposition is the number of standard inflate, the official mouthpieces — underestimate; the truth, as usual, somewhere in the middle.
Counter rallies Bulk from the authorities, it was much smaller than you can imagine and were more decorative in nature.
Even the authorities ‘ attempts to play on another field, releasing “memes” making fun of certain properties of the opposition, Navalny has turned in their favor. Namely: created an additional informology and added his numbers.
Most of the “adventures” waiting for Navalny in Novosibirsk. The meeting agreed in a Park with an intriguing non-native reader called “City beginning”. Novosibirsk, by their own admission, with the name got used and they say that the Park became a favorite place of citizens. So the location of the Bulk, was quite decent. But the advantages ended.
First, the whole Park on the day of the rally was filled with hot water, then workers, according to activists, “for too long, and reluctantly” repaired broken pipe. The rally, however, has begun.
The first provocation was the fact that the unknown in the mask climbed onto the monument to the first railroad bridge across the Ob river and tried to hang a huge banner with a photo of Alexei Navalny, that is to say, Topless. This picture was taken on the beach in Gelendzhik and recently used by opponents of Navalny as a weapon in the ideological war.
“I can’t be naked in such weather, but to be honest, I lost weight compared to this” — with a smile said opposition and attacker a monument bridge “evacuated” by the police.
Another provocateur wormed his way into the crowd and shouted slogans in support of the President. He was a member of the Novosibirsk branch of “United Russia”, Director of the sports club Sergey Mayorov. In the end, Navalny had with him a political debate, after all the statement that “they are a minority and we are the majority”.
And finally, according to Navalny, the authorities held in the city for two diversion: staged the premiere of the film “Matilda” and gathered a meeting of the Communist party in support of North Korea.
In Vladivostok, the opposition waited for the site on the outskirts of the city and non-working appliances. He was forced to shout into the microphone and blamed specifically tailored to the place the police jammers; however, the equipment was junk initially.
At the event, Navalny cheerfully shouted slogans against the Governor of Primorsky Krai Vladimir Miklushevsky. Note that a politician is being prepared for the performances in the regions and tries to talk with residents about local issues. However, sometimes, the Bulk in the public speaking event of a puncture. “Here you have bridges, you become richer?” — suddenly he asked the residents of Vladivostok. The crowd was confused, and just another cry-a slogan of the speaker dispelled the settling silence.
On the one hand, rallies Bulk collect a very small number of people in large cities they are not typed and 1% of the population. Other mentioned procrasti the meeting of the Communist party, which the Communists spent one day with the Bulk, it’s only about 50 activists. In this case against the showing of the Opera “Tannhauser” in spring, in Novosibirsk was made by five thousand people.
Most experts agree that the Bulk of work in the regions — a new opposition political move, however, these efforts are unlikely to bring him greater support than is already there. So, according to the Deputy Director of the Center for political technologies, Alexei Makarkin, Navalny has its own audience, which is the Internet. According to him, “in Moscow and the regions in support of Navalny out of one and the same category of people”. However, he was sure that the opposition really is not a presidential campaign, and working for the future.
Indeed, as the stock in the spring and summer in Moscow, in the regions “in Bulk” are mostly students and freshmen, who only a couple of years will be able to shape the political agenda. So most of his actions can be seen as “meeting with customers”. The size and age of the audience match: last fall, meeting with blogger Katya Klep in the same Novosibirsk came a few thousand teenagers.
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