In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova cooks at her home in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a

 

              In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova cooks at her home in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a
In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova cooks at her home in Khimki, outside Moscow. When the young mother of two embarked on her small and private campaign to save a forest in her town just outside Moscow, she had no clue that in order to gain the upper hand in this battle she would need to launch a nationwide campaign, hold a thousand-strong rally and ultimately run for mayor of that town. Environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova, a driving force behind a movement to save the forest in Khimki, is now running for mayor of that town which, thanks largely to her efforts, became one of the first battlegrounds of the anti-Kremlin protests. The Khimki vote could prove the first major electoral test for authorities and the opposition since the anti-Putin protests. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)