Anti-corruption protests will rattle Russian regime
Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on the recent protests in Russia on Europe In 60 Seconds:
What's happening in Russia?
What we saw yesterday in Russia was, of course, massive demonstration. And what was most surprising was, they were all over the place. I mean, in more than 100 locations was demonstrated on social media, was demonstrated in fairly big numbers. Not that people are necessarily surprised that there is high level corruption, they knew that, but now they seemingly demonstrated. Navalny's video has been seen by now, close to 85 million people. That's a lot. And it has demonstrated the utter incompetence of the regime. Will it change? Well, I think there will be more repression, sorry to say, that's the only way the regime can react short-term. But I think it will rattle the internal structures of the regime. They're clearly mishandling the issue. And I think there are lots of people also in the inside who are not entirely happy with the corrupt clique that is so powerful in Russia.