Public resistance in Russia: Mobilizational opportunities and the effect of protest on public attitudes

Policy Brief
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Russia and Eurasia  Governance
Written by

Elena Gorbacheva

Researcher, University of Helsinki


Ever since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 the level of resistance against the Putin regime and the general protest potential in Russian society have been in the limelight. The decade preceding the invasion had witnessed the highest number of mass protests in modern Russian history. This Policy Brief explores one of the most successful of these regional protest movements, the Shiyes movement. How was the movement able to grow, sustain itself, and diffuse under Putin’s authoritarian regime? And what can this tell us about the protest potential in today’s Russia?