Bloomberg: Putin Takes Tough Stance on Protests, Warns of Arab Spring Chaos
* Russian leader vows to punish violators in line with law
* Opposition exploiting anti-corruption for ‘selfish goals’
Russian President Vladimir Putin took a tough stance on the biggest mass protests of the past five years, comparing them to the bloodshed and chaos unleashed by the so-called “Arab Spring” revolutions and uprising in neighboring Ukraine.
“The fight against corruption has become an instrument for selfish political goals,” Putin said at an international forum on the Arctic in the northern city of Arkhangelsk on Thursday, in his first public comments on the March 26 rallies. “I think it isn’t right when certain political forces try to use this tool to promote themselves ahead of some political events, including electoral campaigns.”
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WNU Editor: Russian President Putin has chosen to ignore the anti-corruption message that came out from last weekends protest .... and in my opinion this is a mistake. Everyone is Russia knows what happened last Sunday .... and among the young this has become a unifying message for them .... Generation born under Putin finds its voice in Russian protests (Reuters). And if the Kremlin orders a crackdown .... they will be doing it on the children whose parents have always supported Putin .... Face of anti-Kremlin protests is the son of a Putin ally (Reuters).
More News On Russian President Putin's Remarks On Last Sunday's Protests
Putin blasts opposition politicians for using protests as ‘campaign spin’ -- RT
Calls Over Protesters at Unsanctioned Moscow Rally Politicized - Putin -- Sputnik
Vladimir Putin, in First Remarks on Russian Protests, Warns of Potential Chaos -- New York Times
Putin: Criticism of Russia protest arrests is ‘interference’ -- AP
Putin Says Western Criticism of Russia's Handling of Protests Political -- Reuters
Young Russians are fed up, and the Kremlin has taken notice -- CNN
Russian protests won’t topple Putin but the Kremlin is right to be worried -- The Independent