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К исследованию трансформации протестного потенциала в России в эффективную политическую коммуникацию

The paper applies the communicative theory of democracy to the protest surge between December 2011 and May 2012 in Moscow. The author investigates whether the protests indicate that there is a demand for a new type of political communication and civic action in the contemporary Russia. Several features characterize society based on political dialogue. They are the new spaces of politics, policymaking under radical uncertainty, importance of difference for understanding politics, acting upon interdependence, new dynamic of trust and identity. In the paper, I look both at the new forms of political activism in Russia (i.e., the Occupy camp in Moscow), and at the more traditional forms of street protest, which attracted extremely large number of people during the period studied. The analysis of the discourse and behavior of participants shows that there is little demand for the productive political dialogue among them.