The economic crisis in Russia is gathering pace, giving rise to popular protests throughout the country. Moskovsky Komsomolets has studied the situation in Russia’s regions, and came to the conclusion that the biggest risk of popular uprest was in the Trans-Ural region, cities dependent on large industrial enterprises, and national republics, especially North Caucasus.
After years of virtual political apathy, Russians are now showing an increasing propensity to take part in demonstrations and protest actions. In Vladivostok, a spontaneous demonstration of car owners gathered as many as 3,000 people, while in Yekaterinburg, pensioners demonstrated against the deterioration of their social benefits. Communists organised a wave of meetings across Russia. Popular discontent may explode within months, experts say.