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The old saying is that Russia never changes through elections but only through revolutions. It is tempting to see the recent protests on Moscow’s streets as the embryonic stages of the next upheaval. But behind them, there is a different kind of revolution in the making, which the Kremlin is having a difficult time addressing.

Russia now has over 50m internet users and a lively online community. Alexei Navalny, a prominent figure in the protest movement,…

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