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With broadcast and print media largely under state control in Russia, the Internet has lately been a key platform for opposition activism. There has been an outpour of visual art through social networks since the first anti-Vladimir Putin protests in the wake of suspected fraud in parliamentary elections in December, reports Hidden Transcript. The activity increased in the run up to the March 4 Presidential polls, in which Putin won.
A popular creation is a time-lapse video, 12 Years In 2 Minutes. Created by artist-activist Egor Zhgun, it is an indictment of the Putin era. In the video a hunched character resembling Putin gradually morphs into a pharaonic Mr. Burns (from The Simpsons) as references pile up next to him of perceived excesses and blunders of the past dozen years.
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