NEWSWATCH: “Across Russia, Protesters and Kremlin Backers Seek the Upper Hand; In towns like Izhevsk, a reinvigorated opposition is running into efforts to nip the movement in the bud” – Wall Street Journal/ James Marson

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“… Protest leaders face fines and jail time for minor infractions, relatives of activists receive warnings from bosses, and students are told not to attend rallies, according to opposition supporters. … The movement has energized Russia’s youth, who make up the bulk of protesters. … But protests are still relatively small. Opposition leaders say people are preoccupied with their own problems, as living standards have fallen … and are influenced by Russian state-controlled television, which frequently cites the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria as a warning of where protests can lead. … Opposition offices across the country, including in Izhevsk, have been raided by police and had materials confiscated. …”

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