Challenge for Putin: Reaction of world media on anti-corruption rallies in Russia

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

The world witnessed Russian largest display of public dissatisfaction with Kremlin since demonstrations in 2011 and 2012
10:36, 29 March 2017

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The New York Times writes that “the police crackdown in Moscow could still complicate efforts by President Trump to deliver on pledges to “get along” with Mr. Putin.”

"Russian police arrested hundreds of people in nationwide anti-corruption protests on Sunday, including the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny in Moscow, where thousands gathered for the biggest demonstration in five years against President Vladimir V. Putin," the newspaper writes, adding that this was “the largest coordinated display of public dissatisfaction since anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2011 and 2012.”


The New York Times

Bloomberg also writes that it was the largest anti-government demonstration in the last five years.

"Russian state media, which have typically ignored such events in recent years, provided sporadic coverage of some of Sunday’s demonstrations. A senior lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party seemed sympathetic to the participants’ concerns," the agency notes.



British The Guardian reported that their correspondent was detained in Moscow, he was held for more than five hours.

"Police searched him, confiscated his phone and put him in a police bus, where he was held for two hours before being driven to a police station on the outskirts of Moscow with 16 other detainees. He was told he would be charged with “participating in an unsanctioned protest,” the article says.

The newspaper notes that “Russians continue to feel the pressure of a three-year economic downturn, the rampant corruption in government is a sore point for many Russians, even if Putin himself retains high approval ratings.”


The Guardian

The American Wall Street Journal wrote: "MOSCOW—Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of cities across Russia on Sunday to protest official corruption in the most significant challenge to President Vladimir Putin in years. Sunday’s marches were called by leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who was detained during the protest in Moscow, according to supporters and local...."


Wall Street Journal

The French newspaper Le Monde wrote a report about the rally in Moscow.

"When seeing a teenager thrown into a bus, people began to shout:" Shame! Shame!"..." We cannot remain silent, we must change this power," said Maria, a young housewife who came with her little daughter," describes the publication of the event in the Russian capital.


Le Monde

The Russian edition Kommersant writes that "even after the rally in Bolotnaya Square in 2012, fewer protesters were detained - there were officially reported 436 arrests."



German Bild came out with the headline "Rise Against Putin!"

"Russian state television has ignored nationwide protests to a large extent, instead, it has focused on banning a participant in the Eurovision Song Contest, shooting in the US and erupting a volcano," the newspaper notes.

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