Renting the Snow

Abby Zimet

After police repeatedly denied them permits to protest disputed elections that will return Vladimir Putin to power, ingenious Russian activists in the Siberian city of Barnaul rolled out mini-protests by dolls, Lego men, teddy bears and South Park figures complete with mini-placards reading, "I'm for clean elections." The police were not amused.

"Political opposition forces are using new technologies to carry out public events....In our opinion, this is still an unsanctioned public event." - deputy police chief Andrei Mulintsev. 

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