On December 10th, 2011, about 50,000 people came to the Bolotnaya square in Moscow to protest against violations in the Russian parliamentary elections. According to the statistics, twice as many people came to the Sakharova protest two weeks later (December 24th). Most of the participants had never been interested in politics; they came to protest meetings for the first time in their lives after reading about them on social networks. These rallies were the biggest in the Russian Federation since 1991, when the Soviet Union broke down.

Moscow, Russia