UPDATED 3:00 PM PT – Sunday, February 14, 2021
The Russian opposition are changing the tactic of anti-government protests with a nationwide “flashlight demonstration.” On Sunday, thousands of Russians took to the streets with flashlights in a show of defiance against the latest round of political repressions.
Protesters formed heart signs with candles and flashlights to show that “love overcomes fear” on Valentine’s Day.
"Love is stronger than fear"
— Khodorkovsky Center (@mbk_center) February 14, 2021
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has remained in detention as he faces imprisonment for revealing massive corruption of the Putin regime.
Experts said the Kremlin is failing to contain the protests.
“You can no longer ignore a person who has become a nationwide political figure, even though, of course, he’s barred,” Moscow political analyst Maria Lipman stated. “He has been barred from taking part in political process and now he’s behind bars. Still, he was able to enlarge the awareness of him among the Russian people.”
The Putin regime tried to outlaw the flashlight protest, but ongoing demonstrations have shown the latest failure of its repressive machine.