The anti-corruption rallies in Russia this past weekend received a spurt of coverage in the Western press. If you read The New York Times you would be forgiven for drawing the conclusion that opposition gadfly Alexei Navalny is leading a mass children's movement which represents a legitimate challenge to Putin's United Russia.
In fact, the latest opinion poll reveals that only 1% would definitely vote for Navalny in a presidential election. This puts Navalny in the same category as the U.S. Green Party's Jill Stein.
The weekend protests weren't an outpouring of support for Navalny; they were a cry of disgust from the working class over conspicuous consumption and income inequality.