What would you call this country?

What do you call a country that issued a permit for citizens to rally, but then barricaded the audience away from the speakers, many across a canal?

What do you call a state that allowed scheduled speakers to only briefly appear on stage and then send police crashing onto the stage to interrupt the speaker and arrest him for speaking against the government?

What do you call a government that allowed the first two speakers to appear on stage but was so afraid of the third speaker, popular civic leader Alexi Navalny, that he was forcefully arrested and not even allowed to go on stage?

Some still call it Russia.

Others don’t know what to call it anymore.

(Filmed on 6 May 2012, Moscow, Russia)


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