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Thousands 'Stroll' Through Moscow To Protest Putinism

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May 13, 2012
Led by prominent writers, musicians, and others critical of the course of Russian politics and the crackdown on dissenters like the "Pussy Riot" punk band, thousands of Muscovites joined the unsanctioned "stroll" through the Russian capital on May 13. (RFE/RL Russian Service video)

WATCH: Led by prominent writers, musicians, and others critical of the course of Russian politics and the crackdown on dissenters like the "Pussy Riot" punk band, thousands of Muscovites joined the unsanctioned "stroll" through the Russian capital on May

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By RFE/RL
MOSCOW -- Thousands of Russians have turned out in Moscow for an unsanctioned display of opposition to newly reinstalled President Vladimir Putin.

Putin's critics announced the so-called stroll as a show of unity in the face of tough police crackdowns -- including hundreds of arrests -- in the days surrounding his May 7 inauguration.

On May 13, many in the crowd were wearing white ribbons to show support for the pro-democracy movement that's been buffeted by flawed parliamentary and presidential elections in the past six months.

Many reports put the number of participants at around 10,000, although police said there were 2,000 people taking part.

Russian novelist Boris Akunin and other cultural figures -- including writer Dmitry Bykov, musician Andrei Makarevich, and novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya -- were among the "strollers."

Follow RFE/RL Russian Service's continuing coverage of the event (in Russian)

Taking a page from the playbook of their counterparts in neighboring Belarus, Russian activists have taken to alternative-style protests including flash mobs, sing-alongs, and sit-ins to avoid arrest.


Correspondents reported that there were very few placards or slogans in evidence at the May 13 happening.

RFE/RL's Russian Service says police did not appear to be trying to disperse or otherwise interfere with the "stroll."

Dozens of participants in other recent public-walk protests and various sit-ins have been detained by Russian police, prompting complaints of gross violations by local law enforcement.

Russian officials, including Moscow local duma deputy Vladimir Platonov, have defended security forces' actions.

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Hundreds of people have been detained at protests targeting the inauguration of Putin for a third term as president that follows four years as prime minister to comply with a two-consecutive-term limit in Russia's constitution.

The latest job swap between Putin and Dmitry Medvedev was completed one day after Putin was sworn in, when the State Duma confirmed Medvedev as prime minister, sparking more anger among Kremlin detractors.

Putin served as Medvedev's prime minister after completing his first two consecutive terms as president between 2000 and 2008.

With reporting by RFE/RL's Russian Service and AP
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 13, 2012 18:54
The fact that RFE/RL has limited this "impressive" video (apparently supposed to demonstrate another "beginning of the end" of the "bloody dictatorship of Putin") to 13 seconds is understandable: one can see maybe 50 people - out of 10.000.000 living in Moscow and more than 140.000.000 living in Russia.
For more impressive mobilizations you may check here - the protest against the bankrupt system of European capitalism in Spain on the Plaza del Sol (Madrid): http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/44465-La-indignaci%C3%B3n-espa%C3%B1ola-D%C3%ADa-II
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 15, 2012 00:44
You see in picture starting or ending of demonstration.
One of the pictures shows street full with about 10,000.
If most of them are snitches and forces of opression,
For each brave individual four "Judas" are granted.

During Franco, at the end of Spanish Civil War,
Few demonstrated - marching to executions.
Now Spanish can do it without persecution.
Is freedom in Russia 50 of 10,000,000?

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 13, 2012 22:09
It could be that both are right.
The participants saw on their side
A street, about 100 wide and 100 deep,
That come to about 10,000 people, indeed.

Police, on another hand, counted on police side
Secret police employees and snitches combined.
It's like Putin and Medvedev outdone Check's joker
Who said one KGB could write, another could read,
Third spying on first two intellectuals and a protester.

If both are right, it were about 2,000 of real protesters
And 8,000 snitches, secret police and videosneekers,
"Korobochkis" operators and portable NLW attackers,
And the rest of the "maca cultrure" government hitters.

by: ashok kanishka from: Hind
May 14, 2012 03:47
The 11th image of photos above is quite interesting ,

The Dog is forced to join the protest and its not clear if he understands what is going around.

May be "PETA" should take cognizance for the way it is tied with strap around neck .
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 15, 2012 00:57
What one can expect from "Hindu kan-ishka a-shock"?
Is he a "Hindu-Rashka Phay-Phay" or Putin's kapok?
Acording to him there is only one crayzy with a dog
Dare protest, threatening his neck with GRU amok.

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