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10 Years After: The ‘Fair Vote For Russia’ Movement in the Diaspora

‘Fair Vote for Russia’ was the main unifying slogan of the most massive movement for democratic changes under Vladimir Putin’s rule and against his return to the presidency in 2011-12. The movement emerged in protest against the evidence of large-scale fraud in the Duma elections of Dec. 4, 2011. After rallies in dozens of cities – including, for the first time ever, by the diaspora worldwide – it seemed that a breakthrough was near. Yet on March 4, Mr. Putin was declared the winner in the presidential elections. The FVR movement was crushed by brutal police force on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square, on May 6, 2012, the day before his inauguration. This video was created to mark the 10th anniversary of this worldwide movement which transformed the political map of our diaspora – by destroying the monopoly of the pro-Kremlin ‘compatriots’ organizations. It includes some historical photos and videos, as well as excerpts from a roundtable convened by some of its participants from New York, Moscow, London, Leipzig, and Melbourne on Dec. 14, 2021.