In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 photo, Yevgenia Chirikova walks in a forest 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 walks in a forest 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 walks in a forest 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)