Mass protests can be a positive thing, Russia’s president has said, as they give the authorities a jolt which is occasionally needed. Youths, however, should focus on constructive things, not just protesting everything, he added.
Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok on Thursday, Vladimir Putin explained his stance on the mass protests which have shaken Russia’s capital and a few other large cities recently.
“I believe that people have the right to express their point of view during the protests. Sometimes this leads to a positive result, because it shakes the authorities,” Putin stated.
The protesting, however, must be done “within the framework of the established rules and laws” and have a constructive – not destructive – seed in them. Many young people who showed up for the recent protests have had that “positive mindset,” Putin said, adding that some of these people can surely make their way into big politics.
At the same time, the Russian leader said that the protesters – and the youth specifically – could funnel their energy into things other than protesting such as improving the country’s demographics.
“I assume that all of us, the youth first of all, should spend their energy on the processes that lead to creation,” he stated.
The recent mass protest was sparked after a number of opposition figures were barred from taking part in the upcoming local elections. The would-be candidates were denied the right to participate over irregularities during their campaigns, yet the opposition accused authorities of deliberately targeting them and stomping on democracy.