Russia, France, Activism, Presidential Elections, Post-Soviet Transformations
This short piece endeavors to communicate initial and rather raw notes on the movement that emerged in December of 2011 in France (mostly in Paris) in support of the protest movement in Russia. The author’s closeness to the subject of her research (the author herself is a member of the movement) has allowed her both access to key events and insight into internal tensions and paradoxes within the movement. This research note highlights such characteristics of the French movement as the “erasure” of political differences between participants, the institutionalization of the protest movement, and the role of activists in France as mediators and sources of knowledge about Russia. In Russian.