Opposition action in Moscow confirmed tendency to decline in street protests - analyst

The Saturday unauthorized action at Solovetsky Stone in central Moscow became another confirmation of the tendency to the decline in street protests, board chairman of the Foundation for the Development of Civil Society Konstantin Kostin said.

"What happened at Solovetsky Stone is another indication of the decline of the wave of protests. The way everything was arranged showed once again that the organizers were more concerned with the picture, the impression they made, keeping their face than the effectiveness or popularity of the demands that they came up," Kostin told Interfax on Saturday.

"It is absolutely clear that one cannot gather many people in such a mini-park," he said.

It is not accidental that such a format was chosen for the action, he said. "The organizers realized that they would be unable to bring together tens of thousands of people. That's precisely why they chose such a format," he said.

"This resulted in them being compared with Strategy 31 and accused of marginality. The Coordinating Council started its practical activities very unfortunately," the analyst said.

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