Alongside the Arab Spring, the 'Occupy' anti-capitalist movements in the West, and the events on the Maidan in Kiev, Russia has had its own protest movements, notably the political protests of 2011–12. As elsewhere in the world, these protests had unlikely origins, in Russia’s case spearheaded by the 'creative class'. This book examines the protest movements in Russia. It discusses the artistic traditions from which the movements arose; explores the media, including the internet, film, novels, and fashion, through which the protesters have expressed themselves; and considers the outcome of the movements, including the new forms of nationalism, intellectualism, and feminism put forward. Overall, the book shows how the Russian protest movements have suggested new directions for Russian – and global – politics.

chapter |16 pages


Genres and genders of protest in Russia’s petrostate
ByAlexander Etkind

part I|103 pages

Origins and traditions of protest

chapter 1|14 pages

Fathers, sons, and grandsons

Generational changes and political trajectory of Russia, 1989–2012
ByVladimir Gel'man

chapter 2|15 pages

Dissidents reloaded?

Anti-Putin activists and the Soviet legacy
ByValentina Parisi

chapter 3|20 pages

Why ‘two Russias’ are less than ‘United Russia’

Cultural distinctions and political similarities: dialectics of defeat
ByIlya Kalinin

chapter 4|22 pages

Are copycats subversive?

Strategy-31, the Russian Runs, the Immortal Regiment, and the transformative potential of non-hierarchical movements
ByMischa Gabowitsch

chapter 5|15 pages

Political consumerism in Russia after 2011

ByOlga Gurova

chapter 6|15 pages

Even the toys are demanding free elections

Humour and the politics of creative protest in Russia
ByJennifer G. Mathers

part II|123 pages

Artistic and performative forms of protest

chapter 7|18 pages

Biopolitics, believers, bodily protests

The case of Pussy Riot
ByAlexandra Yatsyk

chapter 8|19 pages

Hysteria or enjoyment?

Recent Russian actionism
ByJonathan Brooks Platt

chapter 9|20 pages

Bleep and ***

Speechless protest
ByBirgit Beumers

chapter 10|20 pages

On the (im)possibility of a third opinion

ByKristina Norman

chapter 11|21 pages

Performing poetry and protest in the age of digital reproduction

ByMarijeta Bozovic

chapter 12|23 pages

When satire does not subvert

Citizen Poet as nostalgia for Soviet dissidence
BySanna Turoma