Street Protest Activity in Modern Russian Society: Patterns and Dynamics of Indicators

Tatyana Nikolaevna Yudina, Yury Nikolaevich Mazaev, Tatiana Mikhailovna Bormotova and Maria Grigorievna Kotovskaya

Protest activity of the population represents an essential factor in the transformation of political systems existing in society. Monitoring of protest sentiment is viewed as an indicator of the legitimacy of authority as an integral part of public opinion. At the same time, indicators of civil protest activity often fall prey to political technologies and manipulations of public consciousness. Based on the materials of monitoring surveys conducted by leading sociological agencies and information in the mass media and non-governmental organizations, the authors of this article have attempted to provide an analytical description of dynamic potential and actual indicators of street protest activity in modern Russian society. It has been shown that street protest activity as such can be indicative of deep social contradictions. However, its manifestations in modern society are situational. Survey data testify that the majority of citizens of Russia do not approve of participation in mass protests. The social resource of participants of protests and demonstrations among the population is relatively limited. In addition, according to the survey respondents, the development of a mass street protest movement is unlikely.

Volume 12 | 04-Special Issue

Pages: 1694-1701

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12SP4/20201651