Daily Archives: February 4, 2012

Gideon Rachman

This morning’s Moscow News urged anybody attending the anti-Putin protest to eat lots of food before venturing out into the -20 temperatures. So I started my day at the Starlight diner, loading up on bacon and pancakes, in the company of Arkady Ostrovsky – a friend and fellow journalist.

The march set off from October Square – just underneath the last surviving statue of Lenin in Moscow. The demonstrators are usually referred to as the “Moscow middle-class” – and there were certainly some chic fur-coats and fancy phones on display. But ideologically, they were a very diverse group. Read more