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Russian Prime minister Putin Warns of Dirty Presidential Election

Posted by Info on 02/07/2011

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned that the 2012 presidential election campaign would be dirty, but stopped short of saying whether he would seek another stint in the Kremlin.

“After all the campaigns that we shall have to endure, you have to be properly hygienic. Unfortunately, this is an inevitable process”.

Putin’s remarks appeared aimed to portray the December State Duma elections and the presidential vote as hard-fought contests, contradicting critics who say government control of the levers of power means results are preordained. They also sounded like a warning to opponents of United Russia that they were in for a no-holds-barred battle.

“As Churchill said: Democracy is the worst form of government but there is no better one,”
Putin said in Yekaterinburg.

Putin and his protege, President Dmitry Medvedev, have indicated one of them, but not both, might run in the presidential election.

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Belarus Courts Jail, Fine ‘Silent’ Protesters – Protests Plan For Wednesdays

Posted by Info on 02/07/2011

Police detained more than 150 people on June 29 after forcibly breaking up a protest against the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
Courts have been passing sentences on some of the more than 150 people detained during those demonstrations.

In Minsk five activists were given jail terms between 10 and 15 days on charges of petty hooliganism. In the town of Salihorsk, four activists — including a father and his two sons — were given jail terms of seven to 15 days. About a dozen other activists were handed stiff fines. Additional trials are scheduled for next week.

The Internet-driven demonstration featured no speeches or slogans; instead, some 1,000 demonstrators walked slowly through city streets and signaled their discontent by clapping their hands as sympathizers in passing cars honked their horns. Police were out in force in response.

It was the fifth straight week of demonstrations, and protest organizers have called for similar peaceful demonstrations against the authoritarian government of Lukashenka for every Wednesday evening. A major rally is also expected on July 3, Belarusian Independence Day.

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