The one major takeaway from today's protests: Targeting Putin directly is political suicide
Opposition protests across Russia are targeting ... Dmitry Medvedev. We support the right to peaceful assembly. But who would want to wast time assembling to protest against Dmitry Medvedev? We almost forgot he existed.
If you're going to protest, at least go after Putin directly. But apparently our friend Alexei Navalny thinks it's easier to target irrelevant, low-hanging fruit.
According to reports, there are protests (in the 400-2,000 range) currently being held in Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok.
Russian protesters denouncing government corruption have gathered in cities across Russia and some have scuffled with police.
The Sunday protests appear to be one of the largest coordinated outpourings of dissatisfaction since the massive 2011-12 demonstrations following a fraud-tainted parliamentary election.
The demonstrations are driven by opposition leader Alexei Navalny and focus on his recent claims that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has amassed a collection of mansions, yachts and vineyards.
In the Pacific coast port city of Vladivostok, police forcefully detained some demonstrators near the city's railway terminal, in one case falling down a small grassy slope as they wrestled with a detainee.
Oh no — not a small grassy slope.
In St. Pete the numbers look sizeable and in the 10,000 range, according to some estimates:
We can't get a good read on how many people are protesting in Moscow. But it looks considerable:
Our policy regarding demonstrations is simple: Let Russians decide their own fate.
Buckle up for some amazing western "coverage" of these protest. I wonder if we'll hear about that small grassy slope on CNN....
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