By Vladimir Gendlin
DOMODEDOVO - I first met with the leaders of this town’s independence movement in a small Azeri cafe.
Domodedovo is barely a town, really, more like just a street; and when I arrived, there was a Muscovite photographer obviously on the same story. We were waiting for the members of the independence movement led by human rights lawyer Evgenii Arkhipov.
The group wants the town of Domodedovo, which includes Moscow’s Domodedovo airport — the largest airport in Russia — to secede, and form the Russian Democratic Republic. The story about the national independence of Domodedovo sounds like a joke. But the best jokes come from the most tragic material, and this story says much about shifting power in modern Russia.