11 June 2012

RUSSIA : Putin's Police Make Preemptive Strike On Leading Protest Opponents.


     Ahead of a planned...possibly massive...protest tomorrow on 'Russia Day'...Moscow police ransacked the homes of President Putin's leading opposition leaders.
    A statement said 10 homes were searched...including those of Alexei Navalny, Ilya Yashin, Sergei Udaltsov and Ksenia Sobchak.
    Police also forced them to come in for questioning.
    Putin recently signed a new law that raises the penalties for illegal protesters...by 150-fold ...to over $9,000...the average annual salary.
    It may be another case of the adage...that you can take the man out of the KGB...but you can't take the KGB/FSB...out of the man.
    Human rights groups are protesting the searches...and intimidation measures.
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