These are a few raw reﬂ ections on Moscow’s Okkupai Abai protest as a direct
democracy experiment, in relation to organizational process (practice) and to the
Occupy movement. Although the speciﬁ cs of the political visions of the two
movements are rather different, they share a basic inclusivity (“if you feel powerless,
join us”) and a focus on self-organization. In this context, I evaluate the translation
of Occupy’s organizing tools (primarily the assemblies) into Okkupai and the
dynamics of fragmentation and inclusion/exclusion to which they contribute.
Finally, I reﬂ ect on my own position as a partial participant observer with an