19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
For Fair Elections!

Daria: "I've been going to protest rallies since 2011. I was twenty years old when I started going to the polls, but since then no one has counted my vote. So, for the last ten years my rally slogan stayed the same "For Fair Elections." During these years the government had tightened the screws severely, every move of the opposition turned to more repressive laws, and the government law printing machine keeps churning them out. But I believe that by using these very laws, the authorities are attracting more and more people to protests, people who previously thought that all of this did not relate them. I believe that action is better than inaction, and that Russia will be free."

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Moscow, Russia
Camera: NIKON D700
Copyright: © Kate Shilkina