A generation who has grown up under President Putin begins to take its place in Russian politics.
Russia is changing. Those born in the wake of the Cold War — a group of young people who have grown up knowing only a President Vladimir Putin — are just now coming of age and finding their places in Russia.
They don’t watch TV — they prefer the internet. Some of them have taken to the opposition. Some are proud members of the youth wing of Putin's ruling party.
This is not a Russia that you’d recognize from the news, pop culture, or your US history textbook. This is Russia right now.
The fight over Shiyes — a remote railway outpost in Russia’s Arkhangelsk Province that is to play host to a giant landfill — first erupted a little over a year ago after local hunters came across a secret construction site deep in the region’s forests.
At the suggestion of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, many anti-Putin voters decided to vote for anyone other than a candidate from Vladimir Putin's party — even candidates that voters might otherwise find distasteful — in Russia's municipal elections.
Rap is now mainstream in Russia. The sound is everywhere: in clubs, on the radio and in stores. But despite a culture of speaking out on issues in the West, why do many rappers in Russia avoid talking about the country’s big problems?
Not everything revolves around politics for young Russians — life is more than being pro- or anti-Putin for the vast majority — but for some, politics dominates their lives and what they hope is their future.