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Putin says ‘happy’ about protests

Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who is running for president in Sunday’s polls, said the mass protests against him made him “happy”, but expressed confidence that the majority of people support him. “I am very happy about this situation, because that means that the authorities… have to actively react to what is…

Racy Putin videos woo ‘first time’ Russia voters

Under the racy slogan “the first time is just for love”, Vladimir Putin supporters have posted a series of videos aimed at young voters in an increasingly intense presidential election campaign battle. The professional-quality videos initially seem to show young women worrying about losing their virginity before it turns out…

Tens of thousands back Putin at Russia rallies

Tens of thousands of Vladimir Putin’s supporters backed his bid for the presidency in rallies across Russia on Saturday, trying to outdo mass nationwide protests staged by his opponents. At least 50,000 people attended rallies in European Russia, Siberia and the Far East supporting Putin’s candidacy for a historic third…

Thousands mass in Moscow for rival Putin rallies

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Moscow Saturday for rival rallies opposing and supporting Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s political domination one month ahead of presidential polls. Police said between 87,000 and 90,000 turned up for the pro-Putin rally in the west of the capital and put the number…

Russian ex-paratroopers score YouTube hit with rock video calling Putin ‘tyrant’

As opposition to Vladimir Putin’s anticipated reelection to the presidency of Russia heats up, protest is taking a number of unusual forms. For example, critics of the Russian leader drove around Moscow on Sunday in cars trailing white ribbons to advertise protests planned for next weekend. The most surprising success…

Dozens arrested in Russia New Year protests

Russian riot police arrested dozens of people on Saturday in Moscow and Saint Petersburg who tried to stage unsanctioned New Year’s Eve protests against 12 years of Vladimir Putin’s dominant rule. The show of police force marked the first time the authorities had cracked down on members of the Russian…

Russian protest warning as activist jailed again

The Russian opposition on Monday vowed new protests this week after a leading anti-Kremlin activist was give a fresh jail sentence following the latest mass rally against Vladimir Putin. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday in the second mass opposition protest in a month, increasing the…

Tens of thousands challenge Putin in Russia protest

Tens of thousands of people on Saturday filled an avenue in Moscow to protest against the alleged rigging of parliamentary polls in a new challenge to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s authority. Clutching white balloons and banners with the slogan “For Free Elections”, the protesters thronged Sakharov Avenue in Moscow, symbolically…

Russia’s Medvedev tries to appease protesters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev called on Thursday for comprehensive reform of Russia’s political system to try to appease protesters staging the biggest demonstrations since Vladimir Putin rose to power 12 years ago. In his last state of the nation address to parliament as president, Medvedev outlined plans that…

Medvedev to vow reform in ‘farewell’ address

President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday is expected to vow a revamped reform drive in Russia after protests rattled the authorities, in his final annual address to the nation as head of state. Medvedev will at 0800 GMT address the Federal Assembly made up of both houses of parliament, a speech…

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