Jan 14, 2009

Eye of the TIGR

We all remember what happened last time Putin was confronted with a tiger, right?

Well this time it's a different kind of tiger, but I'm expecting a similar result (i.e. tranquilizer dart in the neck, then pack stripey off to a zoo somewhere.)

Window on Eurasia and The Power Vertical have both published interesting posts recently on the up and coming TIGR movement (short for the Fellowship of Activist Citizens of Russia). This group, really a bunch of Russian "drivers" in the Far East, has banned together to protest the governments tariffs on cars. From such meager aspirations, however, TIGR has taken on a life of its own and has made a list of political demands. Including ::gasp:: demanding that President Medvedev dismiss President Putin....

It remains unclear who is behind this group, their website and internet forum are relatively moot on that point. Although the Communist Party's attempt to incorporate this movement into their upcoming (Jan 31) dissident protest may be an early tell.

Regardless, Putin has dealt with tigers before and had one as a pet. Couldn't you have a more appropriate name guys?


nimh said...

has banned together to protest

Eternal Remont -- where even the typos anticipate on the future.

BabaYaga said...

haha, must have been a Freudian slip

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