How the Pro-Democracy Movement Can Thrive in Russia | The Russia Desk: Extras | NowThis World

How the Pro-Democracy Movement Can Thrive in Russia | The Russia Desk: Extras | NowThis World


I became involved in democratic opposition
politics. I began working with Boris Nemtsov and he
drove the Russia opposition. And I worked alongside him for more than 15
years until the day he was assassinated. What I do now in the Open Russia movement
is organize a genuinely nationwide, grassroots, pro-democracy movement. People, all across Russia, who reject the
regime of Vladimir Putin and everything it stands for; the corruption, the authoritarianism,
the aggression, the media censorship, the political oppressions and who want to see
Russia become a normal modern democratic European country. We now have more than 20 regional chapters
across Russia and we want to help consolidate these people with a different and better vision
for Russia. And we want to empower them and help them
become active, informed citizens. The main focus of our work is the young generation. It’s the people who are in their late teens,
early twenties, the people who grew up, and in many cases, were born under Mr. Putin because
he has now been in power for almost 18 years. When I go around Russia and meet with these
activists in the regions, I have to sometimes remind myself that I’m speaking to somebody
who doesn’t know anything except Vladimir Putin. But it is also representatives of that generation
who are increasingly saying, “Enough!” who are increasingly saying, “We are fed
up!” and in the last few months you have seen those mass protests all across Russia. People coming to say, “No!” to the corruption,
“No!” to the political repressions, “No!” to censorship, “No!” to authoritarianism. And I’m a historian by education and one
thing that modern Russian history definitely teaches us is that all big political changes
in our country happen like this, *snaps fingers*, quickly and unexpectedly. But of course the other side of this coin
is that a lot of people are not ready when this moment of change comes. The main focus of our work at the Open Russia
movement is to help prepare for that moment of change, which will come! Nothing is forever and Mr. Putin is no exception. But when that moment of change comes, when
that change begins, it’s going to be too late to sit down and start figuring out, what
do we do now? We need to do this now, to prepare the generation
of people who will be implementing the changes. The young people. The people who represent the future of Russia. Our movement, Open Russia, put forward some
two dozen candidates across the country. Not to win, but to learn. So they can learn how to talk with people,
how to walk door to door, how to campaign, how to organize on local issues, how to speak
at rallies, publish leaflets, and all the rest of it. Because they have no experience on this again. And this is how we view elections in Russia
today. As a kind of a training ground. And this is significant because the main way
that Putin controls elections in Russia is not through vote rigging, although it happens,
and not through unequal media access, although that happens, not through administrative pressure
on voters, which of course that happens also, but the main way is by not actually allowing
opponents on the ballot. And it’s pretty difficult to get many votes
if you’re not present on the ballot. And this is the case in most Russian elections. But even when it’s not possible to win,
it’s still possible to learn. And we want to help them gain this experience. I really feel like, I’m 36 years old, I
feel like an old man when I go around the country and I talk to these people because
they’re really, they’re late teens, early twenties. This is the next generation. It’s the generation that’s going to be
shaping Russia after Putin. And we want to do all we can to make them
more prepared for it. To help them gain the skill and experience
they will need, and will use, when that time comes. For now, he’s doing the usual, sending his
riot police and his national guard to attack and disperse and arrest his own citizens. But they’re not afraid. And they will be back because we know that
in the end, however strong the pressure, when enough people are willing to stand up, they
succeed. And then the tanks stop and turn away.

100 thoughts on “How the Pro-Democracy Movement Can Thrive in Russia | The Russia Desk: Extras | NowThis World

  1. Democracy is overrated and is a system that only works in limited conditions which are only achievable once in a blue moon. Two morons can outvote a genius, good luck with that – look at what the US has become. Arrest this group for sedition and execute them

  2. No thanks, sorry.
    Russia does well with Putin, at least his country stands up to the unjust that is done by the US against other countries… Perfect example is that of Syria.

  3. It's never a good idea to compare the politics of Russia to that of the West and assume that the majority of it's people want to live like the West. We took this same approach in Iraq, it was thought that Iraqis wanted freedom and to live like the West but when Hussein was taken out of power, choas reigned and it continues to.

  4. Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh to all my Muslim Brothers and Sister here. I would say more but my comments keep getting removed?

  5. There is also regime in USA, same regime since Kennedy was killed, zionist regime, and governments in France, UK, and Germany are just puppets of that regime

  6. I trust Putin over this man. Putin is the only one who can control the oligarchs, the replacements would cause choas.

  7. From what I see the vast majority of the Russians love Mr Putin, and I see that putin also was able to make Russia thrive again and he shifted the country from a very deteriorated place to a very much better place with a promising future for the Russian people.

  8. I'll just debunk the video for you so you can see through this propaganda bs

    1) russia does have democracy just not the western version of democracy. You say there's corruption yet even CNN has proof that putin got rid of oligarchs because of their corrupt ways. and for lack of democracy you forget that Putin meets with all news agencies and people's representatives to answer their questions and each of them has an equal say. To put this into perspective even his opponent in the previous election snuck in under the guise of a reporter and he still answered all her questions. Contrast that with the US where democrats don't trust fox news and trump recently banned CNN and o from the Mike Pompeo meeting. He also criticizes the press continuously when they don't side with him. So tell me which is more democratic, russia or the US
    2) yes Vladimir Kara-murza speaks to the youth who only known putin and says that like it's a bad thing. When Vladimir Kara-murza was born the USSR had gotten Gorbachev and the eating away of the Soviet economy had began. This mismanagement by Gorbachev led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This left Borris Yeltsin as president of Russia who tried to revive the Russian economy and appease the West. This caused Russia's economy to further collapse and the oligarchy to rise. Then enter Vladimir Putin, who abolished a major part of the oligarchy, miraculously revived Russia's economy and gave the Russians pride equal to the Soviet Era. He's not perfect but coming from the end of the Soviet Union to Yeltsin, even Vladimir Kara-murza admits that Putin is the best president Russia has had. And for these corruption claims, just Google what happens to corrupt officials in Russia
    3) he does know that the flag the youth are holding is from Belarus not Russia😂😂😂 and those with red flags are from the communist party, which has a sizable representation in the government. Putin met the communist party leaders to hear from them even though he beat them in the elections. The opposing party got their chance to grill him and question him and he answered fluently. Tell me if any Western leader will ever seat down for a brutal Q& A with their opponents.
    4) puting a handful Ukrainian youth on the streets? Is this the big unrest the media puts out of the Ukrainian response to Crimeans choosing to go go back to russia after they tried to leave Ukraine for over 30 years?😂 yes that includes the Soviet Era.
    5) Russia has no other presidential candidates, please😂. There were over 18 candidates in the past election. How many candidates in the USA? How many in Britain? And here I thought russia was undemocratic
    6) crowd dispersing with full gear police. This actually harmed many citizens and lead to some deaths . This should be condemned and punished. Oh wait that didn't happen in russian but on Wallstreet in 2011 and during the Civil rights Era or against any government that tried to care of its own people's interests instead of aligning themselves with foreign western interests.

    But oh well she sounds like she's saying the truth so we'll listen without giving a second thought to it. Now you see how blatant propaganda is and how easy it is to spread it.

  9. This man has vision for sure. He knows Putin is the only thing in the country maintaining stability and Putin can't be there forever. He wants Russia to be ready once Putin is gone and the power vacuum begins. I just hope he isn't the next to be assassinated.

  10. I would say that Putin's regime though not good, is necessary. It takes a dictator to control the oligarchs.
    If democracy is to come, then oligarchs need to go first.

  11. 1. Dont trust anything "open Russia" says, it is run by the same oligarchs that were kicked out of the country in the 2000s. 2. Im waiting for this guy to get Nemtsoved. 3 The way this guy talks makes me think he is a CIA backed shill. If he isnt then I wish him the best of luck in taking back his country. 3 Russia will not accept anyone they see as "western".

  12. Vladimir Kara-Murza, who we interviewed in this video, has recently been targeted by the Russian legislature for being a critic of Putin's. There is a proposed law that would make the activism work Kara-Murza does a crime. Read more here, and let us know if you have any thoughts or questions! https://www.rferl.org/a/kremlin-critics-could-face-prosecution-for-enabling-western-sanctions/29230441.html

  13. May the wings of liberty enable the Russian people to soar past Putin's malevolent authoritarianism

  14. To Versha and the staff of NowThis World staff you have lost your objective approach to information sharing please bring back your old methodology of video content. Until a time is such I'm unsubscribing. You have grown to left-wing and NOT objective. That was great information but it should be for a documentary NOT an objective news outlet that I have known NowThis World to be. The old NowThis would have titled its "What is the Pro-Democracy Movement in Russia?" and discussed the hard facts that are irrefutable.

  15. Russia needs a right wing nationalist party to take over. This will fill the nationalist mood in the country and get away from the socialist policies of the past. Putler has to go and I hope nationalism will reign in Russia so that they can be close to Ukraine and other Slavic countries

  16. Generally, I see the spread of democracy as a good thing. I believe that Russia would be better off with a proper democratic government. Although I wouldn't put past the US government to try something in this theoretical exchange of power. I don't agree with this idea that they're fundamentally different from the west. Like most people, the Russian people just want a safe place to live. That's why flocks of the rich and educated(people who have money) move to other countries. I also noted that some people sounded like they were lumping in the people of Russia with the Russian government. I think that it's important to separate the two, the government has done horrible things in the past and continues to do so but there are also people in Russia who disagree.

  17. Im skeptical about this guy and this video at first. Id have to look into it more. Feels like propaganda.

  18. No, you guys do what all regime change tactics do. You want to open up Russia like Ukraine to trans national corporations which sponsor people like you. You care nothing about the country nor its people.

  19. If putin regime is compromising with some severe issues like human rights then go for democracy or else dont beacuse an example of failed democracy is seen everywhere.

  20. Russia has never been like the other European countries all through out its history. This is just a thought but maybe European style democracy wouldn’t work for Russia?

  21. Yes, Russia needs to become a normal, democratic nation and a part of the European family of nations. It seems like a dream, and we had hoped that Yeltsin would accomplish this dream, but it has been derailed. However, the dream is not dead. We pray for the Movement's perseverance and eventual success.

  22. USA would want nothing more than to destabilize the only country that stands in the way of full blown world hegemony, bless Russia, the worlds anchor against American unilateral world hegemonic ambitions.

  23. I like how he says the young people dont know anything but Putin. Does he know anything but Gorbatjov, Yeltsin or Putin?

  24. Orthodoxy, Autocracy and Nationality are three concrete pillars of Russia. Democracy can never be a real thing in russia.

  25. He sounds so American, its better he shoot himself in the head. My dog is more Russian than this Murican.

  26. Democracy (Greek: δημοκρατία dēmokratía, literally "rule of the people"), in modern usage, is a system of government in which the citizens exercise power directly or elect representatives from among themselves to form a governing body, such as a parliament.

    Democracy is sometimes referred to as "rule of the majority".

    Democracy is a system of processing conflicts in which outcomes depend on what participants do, but no single force controls what occurs and its outcomes.

    The uncertainty of outcomes is inherent in democracy, which makes all forces struggle repeatedly for the realization of their interests, being the devolution of power from a group of people to a set of rules.

    Western democracy, as distinct from that which existed in pre-modern societies, is generally considered to have originated in city states such as Classical Athens and the Roman Republic, where various schemes and degrees of enfranchisement of the free male population were observed, before the form disappeared in the West at the beginning of late antiquity.

    The English word dates to the 16th century, from the older Middle French and Middle Latin equivalents.

    According to political scientist Larry Diamond, democracy consists of four key elements: a political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections; the active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life; protection of the human rights of all citizens; a rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.

    The term appeared in the 5th century BC, to denote the political systems then existing in Greek city-states, notably Athens, to mean "rule of the people", in contrast to aristocracy (ἀριστοκρατία, aristokratía), meaning "rule of an elite".

    While theoretically these definitions are in opposition, in practice the distinction has been blurred historically.

    The political system of Classical Athens, for example, granted democratic citizenship to free men and excluded slaves and women from political participation.

    In virtually all democratic governments throughout ancient and modern history, democratic citizenship consisted of an elite class, until full enfranchisement was won for all adult citizens in most modern democracies through the suffrage movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Democracy contrasts with forms of government where power is either held by an individual, as in an absolute monarchy, or where power is held by a small number of individuals, as in an oligarchy.

    Nevertheless, these oppositions, inherited from Greek philosophy, are now ambiguous because contemporary governments have mixed democratic, oligarchic, and monarchic elements.

    Karl Popper defined democracy in contrast to dictatorship or tyranny, thus focusing on opportunities for the people to control their leaders and to oust them without the need for a revolution.

  27. Russia needs to embrace democracy, enter the 21st century and turn against totalitarianism, fascism and Putin.

  28. This just western propaganda just do make Russia weak like ussr because putin is the only man to bulid russia and this eats these propagadist imperialists

  29. So everything Putin and Russia "stand for" are only negative things? Yes, we get it—-white splaining westerns hate Russia (or anything non-western) and didn't with research or nuance. Putin = bad. 'Merican + Europe = good.

  30. Democracy will work once Putin is gone along with communism comes back, Im American and im anti-Russian because of the government but the people of Russia are nice or people I have seen! (I’ve never been to Russia before) Putin is just a dictator like how could you be president for 6 more years The US president can only be president for 8 years MAX! And Russia we feel you because Putin interfered in our American elections and wants destruction in the West! I guess Fascism is rising again under the ashes of communism! Now Capitalism and Democracy has a threat of destruction it must be protected across not just the west of America but the whole world!

  31. либерастный канал…сплошной пиздеж о России…это чмо пи…т не останавливаясь) а иностранцы это хавают ….кушайте на здоровье какахи
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  32. Putin is nothing but a common thug. He couldn't even hold his own marriage together and Russia is no different.

  33. For those who dont know, putin tried to kill this man twice. He was poisoned and survived 2 comas. doctors gave him 5% chance of survival….

  34. Better with Putin because you don't want a leader like Angela Merkel…I mean look at Germany now…Russian needs to stay "white and christian"

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