Hundreds of drivers gathered in Moscow's Krilatsoye neighborhood this week to show their anger with misuse of the "migalka," and similar shows are being organized around the country.
The tipping point for these protests, explains Vessislav Lisakov, the head of the Automobile Lovers Foundation, was an incident which occured earlier last year. According to Lisakov, "In Altay, the area governor, Mihail Evdokimov, was in his official car, a Mercedes, speeding (with a migalka on top of course) at 120km an hour. He hit normal citizen Oleg Sherbinski's Toyota at this speed. Sherbinski did not die, but in court, was handed a 4 year prison sentence for 'not making way for a state car.' This case shows how helpless normal citizens are against the bureacracy." Sherbinski's case has become the poster child for the anti-migalka movement in Russia, with posters at rallies proclaiming "Today Sherbinski, tomorrow you."