see this little bicycle weave through the crowd and stop in
front of the troops. He stood
there for a few minutes. I’m
not sure why.
Ioffe, Moscow Correspondent for the New Yorker
image, captured in Moscow, is
a stark reminder that tyranny has spread its wings
the world over.
living in Greece, the Peoples’ Republic of communist China, oligarch Russia or the democratic United States
of America makes no difference. The battle between David and Goliath is being fought on many fronts and in many
a bloody skirmish between
police and opposition activists in central Moscow was drawing to a close on Sunday a small boy on a tiny bicycle pedaled through the crowd and approached a line of hulking riot police.
sat there for a moment, balancing on his training wheels, staring at the menacing troops who were
decked out in blue
camouflage uniforms and full riot
gear, nightsticks at the ready.
group of protesters who had been heckling the cops began jeering, “Here’s the guy that will storm
the Kremlin. Be ready boys! Here
Ioffe, the Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker and Foreign Policy
magazine, happened to be
standing right behind him.
She whipped out her iPhone and snapped a picture which she tweeted out to her over 6,000 followers with the caption “Russia’s Tianamen (sic)
photo quickly ricocheted around the internet.
What was going through the minds of these armed and ready riot police as this toddler stared them down?