Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Warn the protesters

Putin and his henchmen may think that arresting protest leaders will help them improve their poll results for the presidential election. What do you think?

Jailing Opposition Leaders, Russia Moves to Quell Election Protests
On the morning after thousands of people protested parliamentary elections that international observers said were marred by irregularities, two prominent opposition figures who appeared at the demonstration remained under arrest…

One of the men, Ilya Yashin, a leader of the Solidarity movement, was found guilty by a judge of organizing an unauthorized rally and disobeying police orders, and was given a sentence of 15 days in prison… The other man, the anticorruption blogger Alexei Navalny, was expected to face similar charges…

Meanwhile, in a show of strength intended to counter the opposition voices, more than 10,000 supporters of the government, including members of a the pro-Kremlin youth movement, Nashi, attended a celebratory rally in the capital on Tuesday. The group gathered near Red Square before a stage with portraits of Mr. Putin and President Dmitri A. Medvedev. Supporters of United Russia have said the results in Sunday’s election represented a “clean victory.”…

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