Skip to Content
Art and protest in Putin's Russia

Art and protest in Putin's Russia

Jonson, Lena, 1948-

The Pussy Riot protest, and the subsequent heavy handed treatment of the protestors, grabbed the headlines, but this was not an isolated instance of art being noticeably critical of the regime. As this book, based on extensive original research, shows, there has been gradually emerging over recent decades a significant counter-culture in the art world which satirises and ridicules the regime and the values it represents, at the same time putting forward, through art, alternative values. The book traces the development of art and protest in recent decades, discusses how art of this kind engages in political and social protest, and provides many illustrations as examples of art as protest. The book concludes by discussing how important art has been in facilitating new social values and in prompting political protests

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published New York, NY: Routledge, 2015
Rate this

Available: Online

This item is not reservable because:

  • You can only request items from our lending collections. You cannot reserve journals.
  • Online – One available in E-book

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    E-book Online Available


Statement of responsibility: Lena Jonson
ISBN: 1317543009, 9781317543008
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xv, 266 pages : illustrations
Series: Routledge contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe series ; 61
Subject: Protest movements Russia (Federation) History 21st century.; Art Political aspects Russia (Federation) History 21st century.; Art and society Russia (Federation) History 21st century.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Routledge contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe series ; 61.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781138844957


  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. A History of Dissensus, Consensus and Illusions of a New Era
  3. 3. An Other Gaze in Art
  4. 4. Art on Trial
  5. 5. Dissent in Art
  6. 6. Art of Engagement: A Counterculture in the Making
  7. 7. Political Action
  8. 8. Art and Protest After Bolotnaya
  9. 9. Conclusions

Author note

Lena Jonsonis Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Russia Research Program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm