The Babushka Revolution
That’s what Turkish Press is calling the recent pensioners’ protests in Russia.
So effective were the protests that Putin has begun criticising the government’s execution of the pension reforms and Rodina, Putin’s own political party, have called for the government to resign. I don’t recall people-power having so dramatic an effect on Russian politics since, well, since 1991.
OK, so they’ve not going to topple Putin and change the political face of Russia, but they have shown the Russian people that people power does still exist in Russia. They’ve given an example to the youth of Russia and demonstrated that a concerted effort by a well organised group of people really can force a seemingly all-powerful government to back down.
(Hat tip: Lawrence Jarvik)