Putin tightens the screw to beat Russia's street protesters

Anti-Putin protesters in Moscow on December 15, 2012 (photo: dpa).
Anti-Putin protesters in Moscow on December 15, 2012 (photo: dpa).

The Russian regime has adopted a four-prong strategy against the so-called ‘Snow Revolution’ protesters. It has clamped down on demonstrations, restricted donations from abroad, targeted opposition leaders and tried to control the internet. Vladimir Putin is living up to the promise he made the day after he was elected president for the third time.

BY THE time Vladimir Putin was elected president of the Russian Federation for the third time on March 4, 2012, he was under heavy pressure.

Mass rallies had been held, calling for him to stand down. He had been booed in public and social media had heaped ridicule on his ‘tough guy’ image – he is frequently pictured taking part ...

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