Aleksei Babii: The Rules of the Game have to be Changed

posted 31 Jan 2012, 08:22 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 31 Jan 2012, 08:22 ]
Source: (info), 28/01/12 

· Articles by human rights defenders · Krasnoyarsk region 

From the blog of Aleksei Babii, chair of Krasnoyarsk Memorial: 

...Once we thought we had only to get rid of the Communists and life would be good. Nowadays people think we only have to get rid of United Russia and Putin and everything will be OK. 

It won’t be. It is, as mathematicians say, a necessary condition, but far from a sufficient one. The rules of the game have to be changed. 

December’s protest movement was in fact about just this. Until politicians of the old school took over and it all resulted in the same old petty quarrels and infighting. Civil society became politicized and there and then died. [Read more]