Russian Political Crowdfunding
- Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
- Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University
- Volume 23, Number 2, Spring 2015
- pp. 117-149
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Aleksey Navalny launched crowdfunding in Russia as a way to fund opposition activities. This article provides short analyses of this technique, examining case studies of Navalny’s RosPil project, Boris Nemtsov’s pamphlets about President Vladimir Putin, Moscow’s 2011 protest demonstrations, the Moscow Helsinki Group, Pussy Riot and local electoral campaigns. Even as the Kremlin steps up measures to control the Internet, crowdfunding is a useful tool for raising money to support civil society and opposition activities.