> 2, 2012 > Observing Okkupai: Practice, Participation, Politics in Moscows Movable Protest Camp

Anna Grigoryeva
Observing Okkupai: Practice, Participation, Politics in Moscows Movable Protest Camp


21 2012
These are a few raw refl ections on Moscows OkkupaiAbai protest as a direct democracy experiment, in relation to organizational process (practice) and to the Occupy movement. What I present is fragments of the longer story of Moscows Okkupai protest, otherwise known as narodnye gulianiia (peoples festival), dobryi mobilnyi lager (good mobile camp), and so on. I have followed its development and attended it sometimes daily, later one or two times a week for one and a half months of its active existence. My refl ections, like any other participants, are fragmentary. This story in itself is a part of the broader picture of Russias white-ribbon movement.1 My perspective is that of a participant observer with a history: I will refer back at points to my experience of the Occupy movement and consensus organizing in the UK, as well as to transnational online conversations within the global Occupy movement, and refl ect a little on my position at the end of this article. I have intentionally avoided going into the detail of political visions, which are of course very different between Occupy and the white-ribbon movement.