If you thought it was the result of anger over falsified elections and an increasingly confident middle class becoming discontented with President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule, think again.
According to Georgy Golitsin, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the rise in street protests
in the winter of 2011-12 was the result of increased solar activity.
Call it the "Sunspot Revolution."
Golitsin cited a 2008 study by scholar Yury Zaitsev. It predicted an increase in solar activity in late 2011 and early 2012 which could lead to social unrest.
And in case you're tempted to giggle, some Russian media have noted
that the increased emission of radiation and flares during the latest peak of the solar cycle coincided with mass protests in December, January, March, and May.