So I hear that there have been some protests in Moscow regarding the Electoral Commission’s refusal to register some of the liberal candidates, despite getting the requisite signatures.
TBH this is so banal by now that I can’t even be bothered writing much about them, let alone personally reporting on them as I did in 2017. I have much better things to do, such as looking at cryonic catacombs in Sergiev Posad.
- The liberals are probably right (about unfairly not being registered).
- Who cares.
- There were about 10,000 people there (0.1% of Moscow) – about the same as in the 2017 protest, and an order of magnitude lower than in the “Bolotnaya” protests of 2011-12.
- The meetings were unsanctioned, hence broken up. Whining from Western countries that do the same.
The only person I cared about enough to keep track off is the independent nationalist Roman Yuneman and he was successfully registered.
That said, there was perhaps one amusing thing that came out of this.
The CEO of @teremok_ru told me to F*ck Off today on @twitter because I criticized the arrests of peaceful protestors today in Moscow. He also said nasty things about my son. Journalists, please remember this before anymore fluff pieces on Goncharov. https://t.co/xr1ijiB8W2
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) July 28, 2019
Please make sure to patronize Teremok if you visit Russia.
This is a Russian chain that uses fresh, local ingredients makes a wide variety of blinys (my favorite is the Ilya Muromets) and their own kvas. Their waiters address you as Sir/Madam (сударь). Their conservative CEO Mikhail Goncharov is sort of like the Russian equivalent of Chick-fil-a’s Dan T. Cathy.
Trolling that illiterate McFaul joker is just the icing on the cake.