The Russian opposition is getting ready for simultaneous Marches of Dissent in Moscow, St Petersburg, and many other cities across the country on 14 December 2008. Authorities in both capitals are obstructing the opposition’s plans. The demonstrations will protest the policies of the government of Vladimir Putin to overcome the economic crisis ravaging Russia as well as against the proposed amendments to the Constitution.
In April 2007, right after the second March of Dissent in St Petersburg was brutally dispersed by riot police, Garry Kasparov, leader of the United Civic Front (OGF) declared on Radio Echo of Moscow: “The only question we will discuss about with this regime are the terms of its surrender. We are armed with the Constitution and the law, they are armed with truncheons. We will overcome, no matter what.”