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HOW DMITRI MEDVEDEV’S BRIGHT YELLOW NIKE TRAINERS SPARKED PROTESTS IN RUSSIA

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An anti-corruption documentary film “He Is Not Dimon To You” posted on YouTube earlier this month sparked the powerful protests across Russia yesterday. And all because of a pair of bright yellow Nike trainers.

In 2014, Anonymous hacked the iPhone of Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, revealing that he has a secret Twitter account and happens to buy a lot of products online, including gadgets, clothes, and a particular pair of bright yellow Nike trainers.

By linking the purchase receipt for a pair of yellow Nike Air Max 95s to a publicly released photo and looking up the address of where and to whom they were delivered, the investigators were able to build up a picture of how Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev spends his money.

The link is then made to the companies and individuals which control huge estates and the palaces which he is alleged to have been gifted by his rich friends.

The film was released on YouTube on 2 March, and last night the middle classes of Russia took to the streets in protest, with the opposition leader Alexei Navalny being arrested. The film now has English subtitles so you can see what all the fuss is about for yourself.

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