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Kremlin Annex protests
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Kremlin Annex protest, November 7, 2018.
DateJuly 16, 2018 (2018-07-16)
LocationLafayette Square, Washington, D.C., U.S.
Coordinates38°53′58.3″N 77°02′11.6″W / 38.899528°N 77.036556°W / 38.899528; -77.036556Coordinates: 38°53′58.3″N 77°02′11.6″W / 38.899528°N 77.036556°W / 38.899528; -77.036556
Also known asOccupy Lafayette Park
TypeDemonstration (protest)
Filmed by@kremlinAnnex
Participants@KremlinAnnex, Herndon-Reston Indivisible and others

The Kremlin Annex protests are an ongoing series of protests held in Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C., in front of the White House. They are so named because protesters believe the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has been unduly influenced by the Russian government, also known informally as the Kremlin.


The protests began on the evening of July 16, 2018, the day Trump returned from his controversial summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. The first protest was informally organized by Philippe Reines, a political consultant and former spokesman for Hillary Clinton. Other activists took over from there, including Democratic political strategist Adam Parkhomenko,[1] who said the protests were a response to "Donald Trump's total capitulation to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit."[2] The protests continued every night for four months, then switched to three nights a week.[3][4]

The gatherings are more festive than somber, and have featured mariachi bands, protesters in dinosaur costumes, a Russian translator "to help Trump understand our message," repeated playings of the Beatles song "Back in the U.S.S.R.,"[5] and occasional appearances by celebrities such as Alyssa Milano[1] and Kathy Griffin.[6] Protesters hold up signs with glowing letters that spell out messages such as "TREASON" and "VOTE THEM OUT".[7] In August 2018, actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell appeared with 55 Broadway musicians who performed songs from musicals such as Hamilton and Les Misérables.[8][9][10][11][12]

The group has garnered international attention, including from Sputnik, a Russian government-owned news outlet.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b "Mixing protest and party, nightly 'Kremlin Annex' rally outside the White House reaches its third week". The Washington Post. August 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Anti-Trump White House Protests Near Two-Week Mark as Organizers Raise More Than $100K". Newsweek. July 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "'Lighted Letters' at Kremlin Annex Protests Mark One-Year Anniversary". Reston Now. July 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Meet the Emcee Hosting Nightly Protests at the White House: Justin Johnson, better known as Yaddiya, has hosted nightly Kremlin Annex protests for 100 days in a row". Washington City Paper. October 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Protesters Have Been Throwing An Anti-Trump Party Outside The White House For 86 Nights And Counting". DCist. October 10, 2018. Archived from the original on July 24, 2019. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "Meet The Protesters Who Have Spent Nearly 90 Days Throwing An Anti-Trump Party Outside The White House". WAMU. October 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Virginia woman says President Trump turned her into a professional (unpaid) protester". WUSA9. January 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Rosie O'Donnell and Broadway musicians join ongoing protest of Trump outside the White House". The Washington Post. August 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Rosie O'Donnell and Chorus of Broadway Stars Perform Musical Protest at White House". The New York Times. August 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Rosie O'Donnell, Broadway stars plan 'Kremlin Annex' protest at 'Wicked' White House". The Washington Times. August 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Rosie O'Donnell, Broadway stars to stage 'Kremlin annex protest'". The Chicago Sun-Times. August 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Rosie O'Donnell and Hamilton Stars Sing Show Tunes Outside White House to Protest Donald Trump". People. August 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "USA Trump Protest". Reuters. August 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "Protesters with the group Kremlin Annex in front of the White House". European Pressphoto Agency. April 6, 2019.[permanent dead link]