The Outrage of Russia's Middle Class

The World

Demonstration in Moscow, Dec 10 (BBC Video)

President Dmitry Medvedev announced Tuesday that Russia's newly-elected parliament will convene for the first time next week. Lawmakers were elected earlier this month in a vote marred by allegations of fraud. Medvedev's announcement amounts to a rejection of demands that the vote be annulled. That's part of what tens of thousands of Russian protesters demanded in massive street demonstrations this past weekend. Russia's educated, middle class rarely heads to the streets in protests. So, what's brought them out this time? Marco Werman talks with Julia Ioffe, Foreign Policy magazine's Moscow Correspondent.