Dissenters unite

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Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

imageYevgeniya Chirikova used to enjoy walking in the Khimki forest near Moscow's international airport.

She recently noticed red tags on trees and discovered that 1,000 hectares of the forest were to be destroyed.

Angered, she produced leaflets condemning the destruction. She now leads a group and has attracted media attention as well as visits from rock stars such as Yuriy Shevchuk, who confronted Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin on the question of the suppression of dissent.

The movement has brought together household names of the older generation like Alekseyeva and Lev Ponomaryov, who campaigned against Soviet repression, and the new generation of protesters.

It organises itself through websites, such as Facebook and Live Journal, and video footage of events are posted on Grani.ru and YouTube.

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