Opposition ProtestsFebruary 2010 | Risk Summary
A coordinated opposition demonstration in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad held on February 4 attracted 10,000 protestors. The demonstration was organised by non governmental organisation Spravedlivost, which was formed by auto traders negatively impacted by the introduction of car import tariffs in 2009. The protest was attended by members of disparate opposition parties, as well as a wide range of unemployed workers. We caution that public discontent with worsening economic conditions is likely to continue in 2010, accentuating security risks and the likelihood of strikes and further protests.
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