Tens of Thousands Protest in Moscow

A woman holds a poster reading “Give us back our elections in Moscow!” in front of police during a protest in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Some thousands of people rallied Saturday against the exclusion of some city council candidates from Moscow’s upcoming election, turning out for one of the Russian capital’s biggest political protests in years. After the rally, which was officially sanctioned, hundreds of participants streamed to an area near the presidential administration building to continue with an unauthorized demonstration.
A woman holds a poster reading "Give us back our elections in Moscow!" in front of police during a protest in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Some thousands of people rallied Saturday against the exclusion of some city council candidates from Moscow's upcoming election, turning out for one of the Russian capital's biggest political protests in years. After the rally, which was officially sanctioned, hundreds of participants streamed to an area near the presidential administration building to continue with an unauthorized demonstration. Evgeny Feldman / Meduza via AP
A woman holds a poster reading “Give us back our elections in Moscow!” in front of police during a protest in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Some thousands of people rallied Saturday against the exclusion of some city council candidates from Moscow’s upcoming election, turning out for one of the Russian capital’s biggest political protests in years. After the rally, which was officially sanctioned, hundreds of participants streamed to an area near the presidential administration building to continue with an unauthorized demonstration.
A woman holds a poster reading "Give us back our elections in Moscow!" in front of police during a protest in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Some thousands of people rallied Saturday against the exclusion of some city council candidates from Moscow's upcoming election, turning out for one of the Russian capital's biggest political protests in years. After the rally, which was officially sanctioned, hundreds of participants streamed to an area near the presidential administration building to continue with an unauthorized demonstration. Evgeny Feldman / Meduza via AP

Tens of Thousands Protest in Moscow

As many as 60,000 people took to the streets of Moscow over the weekend. Not only is it the largest assembly in weeks of protests, the BBC reports they may be the largest since 2011. Russians were upset that opposition candidates were barred from running in municipal elections. They argue that municipal authorities are violating Russian law to favor ruling parties sympathetic to President Vladimir Putin. Commentators, however, don’t seem to think this weakens Putin’s position, despite signs that the country’s economy is faltering. We’ll also hear about a town in Northern Russia that was evacuated because of a possible accident in a nuclear missile silo. To discuss, we’re joined by Paul A. Goble, a Former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and an analyst on diplomatic, social, and ethnic matters in the former Soviet Union. His blog is Window on Eurasia.