June 13, 2017

TSC IntelBrief: Protesting Putin and Russia’s Status Quo

Across Russia, thousands of people gathered on June 12 in what were some of the largest anti-government protests the country has seen in years.

• On June 12, thousands of people protested in Moscow, St. Petersburg and many other Russian cities against government corruption and President Vladimir Putin.

• Outspoken opposition figure Alexei Navalny was detained and then immediately sentenced to 30 days in jail for an ‘unauthorized protest’.

• Despite these most recent protests—and similarly large ones in March—the public opposition to Putin is not significant enough to threaten his rule.

• While accurate polling is difficult in Russia, most polls show Putin with high levels of support, mostly stemming from the cult of personality he has created fused with Russian nationalism.