Despite the known fact that the protests lead to huge disruptions and chaotic situations, they have become one of the greatest ways for the people to get their demands fulfilled by the government. The Hong Kong protests and now the Moscow protests are some of the greatest examples of the ongoing law and order crisis throughout the world.
The current Moscow protests have become the largest in eight years as tens of thousands of Muscovites gathered on the streets, protesting against the ruling government and their policies, which they believe is largely unfair to them.
As has been noted, the protests are a result of election authorities’ invalid acts of exclusion of some opposition and independent candidates from running in the city’s council elections scheduled for September. The protestors have thereby been demanding for free elections.
In doing so, there have been continuous violent crackdowns between the protestors and the police that also resulted in mass arrests. On July 27, around 1,400 protestors were detained by the police. Despite that many more in the country turned out to be a part of the Moscow protests, raising their voices against President Vladimir Putin’s return to Kremlin.
On Saturday, police detained 136 protestors, who were heading towards the presidential administration offices.
In the wake of the Moscow protests, a video of a young woman being dragged by two masked policemen in riot gear went viral. The video and images of one of the policemen punching the woman in her stomach so that he can reach down to pick up a baton, provoked the outraged Russians. Since then, they have been largely using social media as a platform to express their anger and anxiousness.
Condemning the unpleasant act, Victim Daria Sosnovskaya said that the police dragged her while she was protesting against the detention of a man with a disability. She even added that the police detained her with others for hours and denied her access to a lawyer.
Witnessing the demonstrators’ aggression against the prosecutors following the punching of the woman, Russia’s interior ministry announced to launch an open inquiry in the case, adding “those who are guilty will have to face responsibility”.
Simultaneously, the Russian state communications watchdog has warned Google against “promoting illegal mass events” on YouTube. Roscomandzor said that several organisations, in order to promote their channels, have been buying tools such as push notifications on video platform to broadcast the Moscow protests.
The watchdog further added, “If Google, which owns YouTube, did not act it would consider it as “interference in its sovereign affairs” and “hostile influence (over) and obstruction of democratic elections in Russia.””
It is apparent that though the videos have been representing the worst nature of the current crisis in the country, they also create a situation of distrust and misbelief against the existing law and order amongst the ordinary Russians, who remain oblivious to the entire scenario.