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Russia’s Millennials Bypass State-Run Propaganda Machine

Stepan Vyboch is a 22-year-old ecology major who started his own YouTube channel to discuss his views on Russia’s big issues. Some of his videos are political. Others are snippets of events in Ramenskoye, the university student’s suburban hometown about 30 miles south of Moscow.

Bright, technically savvy and politically active outside of Moscow’s liberal cosmopolitan circles, Vyboch is exactly the kind of millennial Russian who has taken the Kremlin by surprise.

Vyboch has registered with the Ramenskoye city government to hold an anti-corruption protest on Monday, one of about 220 demonstrations planned across Russia in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s call for huge street marches. Protesters say they want answers to claims of government-sponsored corruption brought out in Navalny’s 50-minute YouTube video about Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev…

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