Putin losing older voter base?

The All-Russian protests against the government of President Vladimir Putin on Saturday (15 September) was telling in the number of visible protesters over 50 years of age. In our last report we saw that trend in Moscow and are seeing the same in other regions across Russia. Today we look at the city of  Nizhny Novgorod (Нижний Новгород) thru the eyes of LiveJournal blogger yaroslav-gunin.

City officials were very late in issuing permits but a small protest took place anyway and the over-50 crowd was clearly visible.

Protests 15 September, Nizhny Novgorod. (photo: Yaroslav Gunin)

Local observers estimate that approximately half of the participating marchers were middle aged and older.

Deputy Head of Research Affairs of the Russian Federation in the Nizhny Novgorod region Andrei Shmonin (not pictured here) later arrived to speak with members of the local media after word spread quickly of the police brutality and high number of peaceful protesters who had been arrested.

An elderly pensioner gives government soldiers a tongue lashing. (photo: Yaroslav Gunin)

While the Moscow protest was much larger, Moscow police were restrained and the protest there had few arrests. In Nizhny Novgorod however the police were neither as well-trained or as professional and several marchers were beaten and many were arrested.

Emergency medical crews later rushed the girl in the video to a nearby hospital.

(photo: Yaroslav Gunin)

For more photos and reporting on the Nizhny Novgorod protest follow this link.