The Civil Archipelago

“…Roginsky told me that the past few years have seen a proliferation of independent human-rights groups, media outlets, think tanks, academic departments, election watchdogs, and N.G.O.s not only in Moscow and St. Petersburg but all over the country. Because their efficacy is so limited, so circumscribed by the Kremlin, they do not constitute a true civil society; rather, they are an archipelago of islands in a vast sea, barely connected to each other and ignored, at best, by the political élite.”

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/12/19/111219fa_fact_remnick#ixzz1l0lGZGtV

The article has it right. The most exciting thing to come out of the December 4th parliamentary election protests is an increase in Russia’s civil society.

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