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Growing frequency of protests in Russia prior to presidential election likely to trigger forceful response from police

14 November 2017


On 7 November 2017 the Centre for Economic and Political Reforms (CEPR), an independent Russian think-tank, published a report on civil unrest in the country. According to CEPR’s monitoring, the number of protests in Russia increased from 284 in the first quarter of 2017 to 378 in the second and to 445 in the third.

This is a 56% increase over the six-month period. Of the total 1,107 protests in January–September 2017, 78% were reportedly triggered by socio-economic grievances or labour disputes; the remainder were politically motivated. Most protests, however, were small and localised, at between 300 and 800 protesters.

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