Vladmir’s Greatest Challenge

Gone are the days when a constituency goes passive in a corrupt country.

Younger protesters — so digitally connected that they broadcast the event live by holding iPads over their heads — said this was a day when a group that had been silent made itself heard.

Digital protestors will thwart Putin’s return to presidency.

The catalyst for the latest protesting uproar is an anti-Putin jailed blogger.

A decade ago an arrest like that would go silent. No Internet, no mobile, no one want spread the message to the digitally connected tribes.

Nowadays, you can’t prevent the digital denizens from organizing obstruction in the real world.

‘Controlled democracy’ in Russia may become a characteristic of the past.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.