More than 50 Times as Many Russians Marched This Week for Animal Rights Compared to Those Who Did So Against Mathilda

File Photo of Dog at Animal Shelter Jumping Up on Person in Winter Clothing, With Beseeching Look

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, September 20, 2017)

Novyye izvestiya reports today that there were two major demonstration efforts in Russian cities last weekend, protests against the showing of the film Mathilda and demonstrations calling for more laws to protect animals from abuse and mistreatment (

The former attracted enormous attention in the media, while the latter barely was noted in either the government outlets or independent ones even though a rough count of the numbers taking part showed that 107,000 people took part in animal rights actions while only about 2,000 did in the Mathilda ones.

“Perhaps,” Novyye izvestiya suggested, “the media are waiting until the animal rights activists arm themselves with the same methods that ‘the banner carriers’ supporting Poklonskaya, Shevkunov and Chaplin are now using!?

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