MEET THE ‘PUTEENS’ in Novosibirsk, Murmansk, Omsk and Moscow.
In March 2018 the Economist of London interviewed dozens of 18–20 year olds across Russia and gave them the name ‘Puteens’.
They are the first generation of Russians to be born after Boris Yeltsin sat before a New Year’s tree in 1999 and told the Russian people “I am leaving” and handed the future of his country to Vladimir Putin.
Minsk the capital of Belarus is in Russia’s Backyard
Pushkin Square in Moscow on Saturday could have been mistaken for the centre of Minsk, where protest marches calling for change have occurred each weekend despite the fury of Soviet era strongman Alexander Lukashenko.
Many protesters in Moscow waved the red and white flag which has become the symbol of protest in Minsk. However, another similarity in Moscow which maybe of long-term significance, was the appearance of toy drums aiding the rhythmic chanting of one song again and again- ‘Changes’. A Soviet era dissident rock anthem, that has deep resonance for millions widely across Russia.