President Vladimir Putin’s former economic advisor, Andrey Illarionov, said the political situation in Russia is very difficult for those opposed to the current regime. Speaking at a meeting in the Moscow office of the Oborona youth movement, he said the Russian opposition faces much tougher a task than democrats in Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine did. He reminded that the regime also is familiar with the writings of Gene Sharp; therefore, novel ways of resistance are called for.
To hasten the fall of the regime and the establishment of a system based on free competition of all political forces, Mr Illarionov called for the setting up of a forum, round table, or “protoparliament” representing a wide range of opinions in the society. The opposition needs to concentrate its efforts on the organisation of parallel elections to the new organ of popular representation, not on taking part in dishonest elections organised by the current regime, he said.