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Searching For Change In Russia

Despite the Russian government's untiring efforts to control political and social discussion in Russia, some brave and witty activists continue trying to engage an apathetic public.

The above video, posted today, shows some young people near Moscow State University replacing a street advertisement for the Google search engine with a politically charged double. The original ad featured a list of common, but banal, search topics, including "the ideology of the Jacobins" and "what if my beloved is older than me."

The new, improved ad catches the eye with search terms like "traffic police without bribes," "a government for the people," "an active civic life," and "television without lies."

At the bottom the new ad says: "You can find this on the Internet. Can you find it in our country? That depends on you."

-- Robert Coalson

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