RT journalist Bryan MacDonald collating protest turnout data – mostly from Kommersant, a paper that is marginally opposition-leaning, but by not means pro-regime.
Navalny protests: You'll see a lot of video/images & spin today (from both sides), a lot of it selectively edited/framed/angled. Think raw numbers of protesters (vs. size of cities) most interesting metric of support levels for the jailed opposition figure. Will keep count here.
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) January 23, 2021
Data from Far East and now from the Volga suggests 0.2% of population is protesting in the more “agitated” cities, this tallies with my prediction this will be bigger than ~7,500 at NeDimon (2017), but smaller than ~60,000 at Bolotnaya (2011).
Journalistic coverage following typical post-2012 pattern: Hacks & activists gushing about unprecedented numbers based on nice ground-level camera angles, while bird’s eye view photos decidedly less impressive and concordant with objective estimates of attendance.
Питер. Миллионы. pic.twitter.com/HTRejuEEzD
— Голос Мордора (@spacelordrock) January 23, 2021
Note that Saint-Petersburg metropolitan area has 6.5 million people. 5,000 people attending according to Kommersant.
Haven’t seen any estimates for Moscow yet, but to be fair, it looks like the only legitimately “big” protest (if still highly modest relative to the 15 million people it its metropolitan area).
Probably at least the 15,000 people that I predicted:
Вид на Пушкинскую и Тверскую сверху.
Видео: «Протестная Россия» pic.twitter.com/ryKMyo8xB5
— Ilya Varlamov (@varlamov) January 23, 2021
Here are some literal children (anyone remember онижедети?):
Революция отменяется, лидер восстания повязан псами режима! pic.twitter.com/Ezn5Ydqlid
— czar.tv (@czartube) January 23, 2021
Twitter is pushing the #23январяЗаСвободу hashtag on me, because Qanon Shaman is on the “correct” side here.
Некоторые подошли творчески к своей одежде
Фото: Артем Миндрин / Дождь pic.twitter.com/VxxntbgaY0
— Дождь (@tvrain) January 23, 2021