“They got used to [the aircraft]. They weren’t afraid, they were overtaking the deltaplane, flying close to the wing from the left, from the right, from above. Well done. Beautiful guys. Cute.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking on September 5 to Russian television on the Yamal Peninsula after flying with a copilot in a motorized deltaplane light aircraft to help lead endangered cranes on a migration route.
(Photos by RIA Novosti)
The unrest in Moscow that began on the eve of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony, when police violently broke up an opposition demonstration and hasn’t let up, with noisy demonstrations becoming practically a daily occurrence in the Russian capital.
In this week’s edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I sat down with my regular co-host Kirill Kobrin, managing editor of RFE/RL’s Russian Service, to discuss the politics of the street and the machinations in the corridors of power — and how they intersect. Do the protests matter? Are they spreading? And what do they mean for how Russia will be governed? [listen to the podcast here]
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In Moscow Sergei Ivanov, a programmer tells @BalmforthTom: ”I think more and more people are going to come out [on the streets] after they beat women and thrashed everyone one by one yesterday. There is no way back now. It is shameful that OMON [riot police] were carrying out orders to beat women with batons.”
Denis Ivanov, 25 a historian: “We are not going to stop [protesting], we are not going to go away because there is simply nowhere for us to go. None of my friends who could leave Russia want to do that because this is our country and we love our country, we have nowhere else to go.”
Anti-Putin protesters speaking today (May 7) to RFE/RL’s Tom Balmforth at Pushkinskaya Metro Station in Moscow.
Putin takes the oath of office at his inauguration ceremony to the sound of a military band playing “The Festival Coronation March” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Nemtsov tells @SvobodaRadio: “[Putin] crossed the line yesterday and now Russia will be rapidly going down the road of Lukashenka’s Belarus, I have no doubt about that.”
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaking today (May 7) to journalists, including RFE/RL’s Anastasia Kirilenko, in Moscow.
Several thousand demonstrators have begun gathering in Moscow for a march to protest the May 7 inauguration of Vladimir Putin for a third term as Russia’s president.
Estimates put the crowd somewhere between 5,000 and 20,000 people.
A few dozen activists from the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi have shown up dressed in clown costumes and are heckling demonstrators…[read more]
Moscow, March 10 — Several thousand demonstrators rallied in central Moscow to denounce the March 4 presidential election that was won by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and call for a new election.