Saturday, February 4, 2012

On the Front Lines with Her 10-Year-Old Daughter

Masha Gessen, who visits March 8, sends a dispatch from Moscow, where she participated in an unusual protest of the current Russian government on the highways that ring the city, with her ten-year-old daughter in the back seat.

"The occasion was a protest against the Russian government staged on the Garden Ring, the 16-kilometer-long road that circles central Moscow."

"As we turned onto the Garden Ring, we placed ourselves behind a compact Citro├źn while a Lexus SUV got behind us. Both were adorned with white ribbons, which have become the symbol of Russia’s protest movement. As more cars joined in the drive, our speed decreased, until we had white-ribboned cars in lanes on either side of us and the traffic had slowed to a standstill." More in the New York Times.