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Hundreds of Russians took to the streets in Moscow, on Saturday, requesting the resignation of President Vladimir Putin, as reported by Reuters at 10:17 a.m. ET, on April 29, 2017. Protesters sought to deliver handwritten requests for Putin to step down, and riot police were on hand in the capital city.
Police ushered the many protesters, of all ages, into an area guarded by metal barriers. Then, they handed over their written statements against Putin, one-by-one. Irina Glushkova, a 64-year-old woman, mentioned that she and others are not happy with the way the president has managed Russia.
A 16-year-old female protester, named Anna, stated she hopes that her note, along with all the others, would send the Russian leader the message to not run for the office again. The girl told Reuters she has not seen anything positive happening for Russia under Putin’s control, and “things are getting worse.” She said, Alexei Navalny, the opposition politician, is her choice to take over the presidency from Putin.
In March, Navalny assisted in organizing the largest protests opposing the government since 2012. As a result, there were over 1000 arrests, and Navalny spent 15 days in jail.
The Saturday protest was much calmer, but officials sent out riot police as a precaution. At least 30 vehicles, filled with hundreds of police in riot gear, were reported in the vicinity by a Reuters correspondent.
Protests are being conducted in other Russian cities as well. Putin has not yet stated if he plans to run in the March 2018 presidential election. With 17 years as a popular political figure, in Russia, he is expected to run for re-election.
Russian media has shown videos of riot police controlling Saint Petersburg protesters. There are no confirmation of arrests, although, activists are stating that there have been more than 100.
Written by Carol Ruth Weber
Edited by Jeanette Smith
Reuters: Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit
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