NEWSWATCH: “A Bernie Sanders campaign veteran advises a surging opposition movement in Russia” – Washington Post/ Andrew Roth

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“Vitali Shkliarov, a 41-year-old political operative born in Belarus, speaks the gospel of Bernie Sanders in the style of a Silicon Valley executive. Technology, he says, is a key to access …. The idea got a test drive in Moscow’s recent municipal elections … the veteran of the Sanders and … Obama campaigns sees it as part of a worldwide movement. * * *  … United Democrats was calling. Shkliarov had campaigned before for Dmitry Gudkov, the opposition member of parliament who founded the coalition … He went [to Moscow], helping to identify 3,500 potential candidates for the municipal elections, building a voter database and hatching ideas such as … financial rewards … to candidates ‘willing to put in the work day after day, knocking on doors.’ … Shkliarov said… the Sanders revolution promoted grass-roots activism but that the model could be taken even further. ‘You have to create something from the bottom to the top’ ….”

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