Daily Archives: February 5, 2012


“The most popular protest song in Moscow today comes from burly men in blue berets, unlikely heroes of a peaceful middle-class movement challenging the strongman rule of Vladimir Putin.

The simple but catchy song was performed at a protest rally for the first time this weekend, but many of the tens of thousands in the crowd already knew the words.

On a snowy square across a frozen river from the Kremlin, the protesters sang along with the chorus, which sums up their weariness with Putin as he intends to extend his 12 years in power by winning a presidential election in March:

‘You’re just like me, a man not a god. I’m just like you, a man not a sod.'”

–Mansur Mirovalev. “Russia’s Unlikely Protest Song Rocks Rally.” SFGate. February 5, 2012. Web.