Russians revolt online

Frightened of the forces of Tsar Putin, Russian opposition groups are turning online to protest against the way the country is going.

Demonstrators have held a successful rarely-seen “Facebook rally” where thousands protested against elections won by Vladimir Putin’s ruling party and warned of more demonstrations to come.

According to Associated Press several thousand mostly young demonstrators braved a Russian winter to complain about weekend legislative elections that handed a narrow victory to the  prime minister’s party amid fraud claims.

State telly mysteriously failed to report the news because there was someone’s cat which had got stuck up a tree, and besides you never keep a licence if you show that there is anyone opposed to Tsar Putin.

That is not to say that the Russians were not upset. Bloggers were pounding their cyber fists and it was the talk of the world wide wibble. There were also posted videos of election violations.

Putin’s party claimed that internet footage showing ballot box stuffing and the use of erasable ink pens was inconclusive and possibly even a [faked] “provocation” .

One site which reported the online outrage was Dozhd which called it a Facebook revolution.

According to TNT, it all started with a few posts on Facebook and LiveJournal. Cops loyal to the Tsar swooped on the shivering protesters and arrested Alexei Navalny who is fast becoming an online celebrity for standing up to the Tsar.

Fellow organiser Ilya Yashin had been handed a 15-day jail sentence for disobeying a police order to go away and vote for Putin next time prompted one blogger to comment: “That means there will definitely be more protests.”

Although it was small, Monday’s anti-Kremlin demonstration was one of the largest witnessed in Moscow in years. What is telling is that the Internet is bringing out those who may not have ever been involved in an opposition movement.

They are also saying that while they don’t particularly like the opposition movement, they are against Putin and his United Russia.

The Internet scares the b’gesus out of Tsar Putin because it is one of the few uncensored outlets of mass communication. During the elections it played an important role in changing people’s attitudes toward elections.