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Putin Compares Russian Opposition To ‘Weak Cranes’ After Flying Stunt

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 10, 2012

Putin Weak Cranes

By Gleb Bryanski

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Days after flying with migrating cranes, Russian President Vladimir Putin likened his opponents on Sunday to weak birds that are unable to follow their leader.

Putin put on a baggy white jumpsuit, helmet and goggles on Wednesday for two flights in a light aircraft with young cranes born in captivity. The aim was to help introduce them to the wild and teach them how to follow a leader.

His flight has provoked mockery by his critics, including talk show host Ksenia Sobchak, who likened his adventure to the presidential election in March at which he won nearly two-thirds – but not all – of the votes.

Asked about the comment at a news conference after a weekend summit, Putin said with an ironic smile: “Yes, its true, not all the cranes followed right away. Only the weak cranes did not follow at the first attempt. At the second attempt all of them followed.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 12, 2012

MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of Russians flooded Moscow’s tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first massive protest against President Vladimir Putin’s rule since his inauguration in May – a rally that came even as police interrogated key opposition leaders.

Since embarking on his third presidential term, Putin has taken a stern stance toward the opposition, including signing a repressive new bill last week introducing heavy penalties for taking part in unauthorized rallies.

Police on Monday searched opposition leaders’ apartments, carting away computers, cellphones and other personal items. They also demanded that opposition leaders come in for questioning Tuesday just an hour before the rally began – widely seen as a crude attempt by the government to scare the protesters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vladimir Putin Slams Opposition: ‘Those Who Lose Never Like Their Defeat’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2012

MOSCOW — A jubilant Vladimir Putin on Wednesday shrugged off opposition claims that his presidential election victory was unfair and marred by fraud, saying any violations were not significant enough to affect the vote’s outcome.

Putin slapped at his foes, criticizing them as failing to offer a constructive program and daring the opposition to become a real political force by proving its worth at the ballot box – a tall order in a country where elections are tightly controlled and opposition parties have been sidelined.

The Russian leader’s tough remarks indicate he has no intention of softening his policies in response to massive protests that have revealed the depths of public anger over his 12-year rule.

“Those who lose never like their defeat,” a beaming Putin said.

Putin, who has steadily rolled back Russia’s post-Soviet freedoms to tighten controls over the political scene, suggested that his opponents take advantage of Kremlin-drafted bills yet to take effect that ease restrictive registration rules for political parties and liberalize campaign rules.

The Kremlin reforms came in response to a series of massive protests against Putin’s rule, which had been fueled by the fraud-tainted parliamentary election in December.

The Kremlin approved a new demonstration for Saturday on Novy Arbat, one of Moscow’s major avenues, but even one of the protests’ organizers acknowledged it would be hard to sustain the movement’s momentum, calling “the romantic phase of protest” over. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia Elections: Putin Power Put To The Test

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 9, 2011


MOSCOW — Russia’s opposition will test Vladimir Putin’s grip on power Saturday in protests across the nation’s sprawling expanse that promise to be the largest demonstration of public outrage since the dying days of the Soviet Union.

Widespread reports of fraud in last Sunday’s national parliamentary election have galvanized an opposition long marginalized by repressive policies and by state-run news media that virtually ignored them.

Protests, some attracting thousands, rolled on for three consecutive nights in Moscow and St. Petersburg after the election showed unexpectedly fierce anger against the government and Prime Minister Putin’s ruling United Russia party.

United Russia suffered losses of more than 20 percent of seats it previously held in the State Duma, and critics and local election observers say even that result was inflated by fraud.

Smoldering resentment caught fire, largely through social media, and the country on Saturday expects to see a massive protest rally in Moscow and demonstrations in some 70 other cities.

“This will be a watershed step in the development our democracy. We expect it to become the biggest political protest in 20 years,” Ilya Ponomarev of the Left Front opposition group said Friday.

There may soon a symbol to the protests: white ribbons. A group of activists sent up a website urging people to wear them in support of Saturday’s demonstrations. They’re not yet visible on Moscow’s streets but some opposition leaders and even TV presenters are wearing them in their lapels.

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