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Russian urban youth in the age of late Putinism

The massive oppositional protests that had broken out in Russia in 2011 and 2012, culminated in violent clashes with the police forces on the sixth of May 2012. The Russian media were filled with a variety of columns and comments exploring an arguably significant role that young creative urbanites played in those oppositional rallies. The term ‘creative class’, which was used mostly in the academic circles prior to the protests, suddenly became immensely widespread. Although there was indeed a visible presence of urban educated youth in the mass protests, both their role in those protests and the existence of a creative class itself in the contemporary Russian society were frequently doubted.[i]