1. Victory

    Russian Opposition Wins Local Seats

    Members of Russia's opposition march in central Saint Petersburg on February 25, 2012 with a poster reading "We arn't Protesting! We Firing You!". Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny led thousands through the streets of Vladimir Putin's native city demonstrating against his likely return to the Kremlin in March 4 polls.    AFP PHOTO/ OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Putin may have won the presidency, but during the Russian election on Sunday, 71 independent and opposition activists found seats in Moscow’s 125 district legislative councils. Many activists feel that this is the best way to bring about change in the country. Vera Kichanova, a 20-year-old opposition protestor who won a council seat, said, “"Real politics isn't just fighting in the street. It is helping people in their daily lives. This work might be tedious, but it is more important than standing back and criticizing. Someone needs to get involved."

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal