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Sunday, 15-May-2005 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Moscow--Nashi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I missed Nashi's Our Victory rally itself but spent a few hours walking around as the kids were boarding the buses to go back to their home towns.

Sixty thousand kids and lots of buses - from places like St. Pete, Voronezh and Saransk, in addition to Moscow. It was taking way too long for them to gather everyone and take off, and I heard a few kids cursing like adults: they were exhausted and hungry. Many were smoking, many sat on the sidewalks, eating canned food, many (both boys and girls) were taking trips to the nearby bushes to pee...

If I had a kid, I wouldn't want her/him to be there.

Overall, they didn't sound aggressive or political at all. I had expected them to be like those paranoid Yanukovych supporters - but they are just a huge herd of kids who'll soon turn into a huge herd of adults.

The rumor is most of them have been paid $5 to attend the rally (plus a free t-shirt, of course - with the text of the Russian anthem on the back!).

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"Official" pictures from the actual rally are here, at Nashi website.

Masha Gessen's piece on the Nashi movement is here.


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