Russians upset with recent moves by their government have become creative. Last month there was a toy protest in the city of Barnaul, with stuffed animals, LEGO figs, and other toys holding banners protesting election corruption. This was ruled illegal since it had not been sanctioned. So the protesters submitted a petition for a second toy rally, featuring "100 Kinder Surprise toys, 100 Lego people, 20 model soldiers, 15 soft toys and 10 toy cars", but it was rejected because, the toys are not "citizens of Russia", and therefore do not have any right to protest.
"As you understand, toys, especially imported toys, are not only not citizens of Russia but they are not even people," Andrei Lyapunov, a spokesman for Barnaul, told local media.
We need to stand up for the free speech rights of Russian minifigs!