“Hanging Out,” Creativity, and the Right to the City: Urban Public Space in Russia before and after the Protest Wave of 2011–2012

  • Anna Zhelnina
Keywords: contested space, creativity in social movements, post-socialist transformation, public space, 2011–2012 Russian protest movement


The article discusses issues of urban public space in Russian cities within the context of the 2011–2012 anti-electoral fraud protests.

The role of urban public space and its contestation has been central to the debate around the worldwide Occupy movement, but it is important to contextualize the protest movements in terms of national and local developments in the uses of public space. Therefore, the article focuses on post-socialist transformations of public space in the Russian cities of Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Representations and perceptions of public space are examined via media analysis (including mass

Author Biography

Anna Zhelnina

Candidate of Sciences in Sociology, Research fellow 
Higher School of Economics National Research University in Saint Petersburg, Center for Youth Studies
11th line of Vasilyevskiy Island, 10, Saint Petersburg, Russia 199034
e-mai: azhelnina@gmail.com


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How to Cite
Zhelnina, A. (2014). “Hanging Out,” Creativity, and the Right to the City: Urban Public Space in Russia before and after the Protest Wave of 2011–2012. Stasis, 2(1). Retrieved from https://stasisjournal.net/index.php/journal/article/view/70