Make of it what you will, but three notable opposition figures (political commentator Dmitrii Oreshkin, activist Ilya Yashin, and journalist Mikhail Fishman) have been thoroughly embarrassed by a recently published YouTube video (see above) that depicts each of the men offering bribes to highway patrol officers, in order to get out of a formal ticket.
“Алтернативы есть?” (“Are there any alternatives [to getting a ticket] available”) is the question Oreshkin and Yashin ask the cops, fishing to bribe their way out of an official fine. Fishman never explicitly asks the police for the chance to offer them cash, though he does ultimately suggest a 500-ruble sum.
The cops on camera (whose faces are either obscured or blotted out) turn away Oreshkin, Yashin, and Fishman with just a warning, without accepting any money.
In an interview with Радио Свобода, Oreshkin says he is convinced that this was the work of Nashi activists, who have apparently led the blogging propagation of this story. He also claims “мои фразы вырваны из контекста” (“my words were taken out of context”).
Fellow opposition leader Oleg Kozlovsky responded by saying, among other things, “If you are going to fight corruption, the battle begins with you. [That's why] I travel by foot.”
Update: Ilya Yashin has also responded to this incident in his LiveJournal blog, writing, “The officer brazenly and shamelessly extorted money from me.” He goes on to also claim that his words were taken out of context (i.e., the video was edited and recut), and concludes, “Judging by the level of this provocation, they either sit in the Kremlin administration, or they’re just chicken shits messing around [либо шестерки, которые суетятся около].”