Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Moscow: Anti-Putin Rally Demands His Resignation/Putin is Russia’s disgrace

Posted by Info on 25/10/2010

Up to 500 protesters from left wing and liberal anti-Kremlin opposition groups gathered on Moscow’s Pushkin Square to call for Vladimir Putin’s removal, kicking off what they said was the start of a campaign to oust him.

“Our task is to free Russia from this awful regime,”
Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion turned opposition leader, told the crowd. “Putin is Russia’s disgrace.”

The protesters were targeting Putin because he was the key figure in a political system that worked “only in the interests of a small group of officials and oligarchs and had led the country to a dead end.”

Mr Kasparov said corruption had flourished and freedom of expression shrunk since Mr Putin first took control of Russia’s political landscape in 2000. Sporadic chants of “Down with Putin” and “Putin is Russia’s Disgrace” rang out across the historic square as riot police looked on.

Such rallies are rarely allowed and often broken up by force. But Saturday’s protest passed off peacefully and was authorised.

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