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.
These events were described by participants as a symbol of the awakening of civil political activity in the Russian Federation, but after the March 4th 2012 elections and the forced crackdown on the opposition demonstration in Moscow on March 5th, the idea of the common people having a «voice» that can influence the current political situation in Russia is still in question.