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Russia's Khimki Forest Threatened by Highway Project

Other Russian progressives

I particularly liked the phrase “a well organized popular protest movement in a country that isn’t supposed to have one.” The Khimki Forest protests may be visible, and political, but there are many small, local, and very democratic changes that are taking place in Russia. As a Quaker serving on the Friends House, Moscow, board, I have been fortunate enough to meet many Russians who are working not only toward a more progressive but also a more peaceful society. Several Russian municipalities—the city of Perm, for example—now require students to take a program in conflict resolution. Would that my own city of Philadelphia would do the same.

Patricia Stewart

Philadelphia, PA

May 5 2011 - 3:39pm