DURABILITY OF OPPOSITION MOVEMENTS IN RUSSIA
Savage, Kayla M.
Clunan, Anne L.
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Anti-government protest movements have been increasingly significant in Russian politics. This thesis investigates why these movements have risen, as well as if and how they resonate with the broader segments of Russian society. It draws inferences based on scholarly research regarding the durability of these movements in the short and long terms based on social movement theory. Through the application of this theory, it is found that mobilization is the most determining characteristic in measuring the opposition’s potential durability. With the Russian government’s thus far successful campaign to suppress anti-government movements and mobilization numbers too minimal to generate a necessity for genuine and lasting change, hope for the resilience of the country’s opposition force is nominal.
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