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Mr. Putin’s election

Maria Pleshkova http://www.cnpps.org 2013-03-23 19:19:58 

    Russian journalist, music critic and broadcaster Artemy Troitsky holds a portrait of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during an opposition rally on Dec. 5, 2012. The portrait will be broken into pieces soon.

    A presidential election was held in Russia in March 2012. Half a year before, in September 2011, the then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev proposed his predecessor, Vladimir Putin stand for the Presidency in 2012. Putin, who has dominated Russia for a decade, accepted the offer. Putin’s 2012 presidential campaign was taking place against the backdrop of mass opposition protests which exploded in all big cities of Russia. Tired of the Vladimir Putin's regime, people went out into streets and squares to rally against the existing state power, corruption and violation of human rights. The most violent action took place on May 6, 2012, one day before Vladimir Putin's presidential inauguration. Thousands of people gathered for a peaceful rally, but it ended in severe clashes between police and protesters. 80 people were injured (including over 30 policeman), and about 400 people were arrested. Vladimir Putin returned to presidency, but found himself facing an increasingly assertive opposition movement and an impending social crisis.

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