Here's what you need to read to catch up on the Russian protests:
http://en.gazeta.ru/news/2011/12/10/a_3923638.shtml - And pretty much everything else on газета.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16125445 - good pictures here
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2011/12/2011121053755418485.html - watch the video!
Through all of this, I keep thinking of Richard Pipes when he came to Stetson last year. He was adamant that change would never come to Russia because it's people were too apathetic, too cynical, and didn't believe in democracy. Hmph...