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Boris Akunin Russian Writers Lead Thousands on Walk to Anti-Putin Camp
18:30 13/05/2012
MOSCOW, May 13 (RIA Novosti, Marc Bennetts)
Tags: police, opposition rally, Kremlin, Dmitry Gudkov, Dmitry Peskov, Sergei Udaltsov, Alexei Navalny, Dmitry Bykov, Boris Akunin, Vladimir Putin, Moscow, Russia

A host of Russian literary figures led thousands of people through the squares and boulevards of downtown Moscow on Sunday afternoon to an opposition camp that has become the epicenter of the challenge to the rule of President Vladimir Putin.

“The authorities have to understand that they need to be respectful when they talk to the people,” bestselling author Boris Akunin told supporters. “If they chase after them with truncheons, nothing good will come of this. The more aggressive they are, the quicker everything will end for them.”

Organizers and independent media said over 10,000 people had attended Sunday’s event, one of the largest unsanctioned opposition gatherings in recent years in Russia. Police said 2,000 people were present.

Detective novel writer Akunin, popular poet Dmitry Bykov, and around ten other writers announced Sunday’s “Test Stroll” after some 600 people were detained as they gathered at downtown Moscow landmarks in the wake of Putin’s May 7 inauguration. Protest leaders alleged arbitrary and illegal arrests of anti-Putin activists.

Opposition figureheads Alexei Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov were jailed for 15 days on May 10 on charges of disobeying police orders as they met with supporters in the capital. Their arrests followed sustained clashes between police and protesters at a Moscow rally on the eve of Putin’s return to the Kremlin for a third term.

“The aim of our experiment is to determine – can Muscovites walk freely around their own city or do they need a special pass?” Akunin wrote in his blog on Wednesday.

And the authorities seemed keen on Sunday to avoid a repeat of last week’s violence, with a barely visible police presence making no attempt to crack down on crowds of opposition supporters, many clutching Akunin novels and wearing the white ribbons that have become the symbol of Russia’s protest movement.

“I’m here to carry out this test stroll,” said marketing manager Alexander Ivanov. “It’s been pretty uncomfortable walking around the city recently. It was a clever move by the police to stay away.”

A 2km stretch of central Moscow was packed solid at the height of the walk, which began at a square named after Alexander Pushkin, Russia’s 19th century national poet.

“It’s important that today’s walk was organized by people who are not politicians,” said well-known journalist Sergei Parkhomenko, one of the organizers of Sunday’s event. “We have established a very important right here – the right to walk around our own city.”

Akunin and his supporters ended their “stroll” at a five-day-old opposition camp in downtown Moscow’s trendy Chistye Prudy neighborhood. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Thursday that police would break up the “illegal” camp, but security forces have so far made no move to disperse protesters.

Opposition parliamentarian Dmitry Gudkov, who has been a frequent visit to the camp, told RIA Novosti on Sunday that activists would remain at Chistye Prudy until a planned June 12 anti-Putin protest march in Moscow.

 

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  • free_mind50(no title)
    19:04, 13/05/2012
    Okay so the stated goal of these protesters is that they don't want to see President Putin in power for another twelve years, which is the right of their opinion and point of view but the majority voted him in power.
    Now with that said, who is your alternative, what is the purpose? Whats your plan for the future success of Russia? Who, what,where, when,why, how?
    That is what I would do if I was United Russia.
    These protesters claim to care about the future success of the Russian federation, yet They are willing to halt the whole of Russian society, protest till no end, wasting time, money and space when that could have been spent contributing efficiently and productively to the future success of the Russian federation, which is what president Putin and his team is doing already and you all look like a bunch of selfish idiots trying and actively seeking to sabotage the whole political and socio-economic process, while contributing nothing but protests and more protests and no political direction or viable solutions.
    This not Democracy, this Mobacracy (which never ends well-i.e the french revolution example) If that is what you want to bring to the Russian Federation, guess what? You have already failed, Proof? read the results of the last election. People don't have time for protesting, they want results, they want better wages, living conditions, technology, economy, future and a better Russia all of which is being addressed by President Putin and his team and you people are just taking up space (wastefully) with no viable solutions, direction or purpose.
    It kind of reminds me of the million man march here in the states, which is probably telling of where the idea came from.
    Just my observation nothing more...

    If they think these fancy little protest, work because they see it in the western world, they have no idea of the evil and violent reaction especially against the targeted protest leaders that goes on here in the western world.
  • free_mind50(no title)
    19:05, 13/05/2012
    Okay so the stated goal of these protesters is that they don't want to see President Putin in power for another twelve years, which is the right of their opinion and point of view but the majority voted him in power.
    Now with that said, who is your alternative, what is the purpose? Whats your plan for the future success of Russia? Who, what,where, when,why, how?
    That is what I would do if I was United Russia.
    These protesters claim to care about the future success of the Russian federation, yet They are willing to halt the whole of Russian society, protest till no end, wasting time, money and space when that could have been spent contributing efficiently and productively to the future success of the Russian federation, which is what president Putin and his team is doing already and you all look like a bunch of selfish idiots trying and actively seeking to sabotage the whole political and socio-economic process, while contributing nothing but protests and more protests and no political direction or viable solutions.
    This not Democracy, this Mobacracy (which never ends well-i.e the french revolution example) If that is what you want to bring to the Russian Federation, guess what? You have already failed, Proof? read the results of the last election. People don't have time for protesting, they want results, they want better wages, living conditions, technology, economy, future and a better Russia all of which is being addressed by President Putin and his team and you people are just taking up space (wastefully) with no viable solutions, direction or purpose.
    It kind of reminds me of the million man march here in the states, which is probably telling of where the idea came from.
    Just my observation nothing more...

    If they think these fancy little protest, work because they see it in the western world, they have no idea of the evil and violent reaction especially against the targeted protest leaders that goes on here.
    • free_mind50(no title)
      19:26, 13/05/2012
      Protesters Opposition!
      Look here:
      The following link to a infographic-(very useful tool) is and example of an outlined detail plan for the future success of the Russian Federation by the siting President and his team. That is an example of what a plan of action looks like, not sitting around protesting for the sake of protesting.

      What the president and united Russia needs to do is take that to the people, every rook nook and cranny of the Russian Federation. Create workshops, spread the message.
    • free_mind50(no title)
      19:29, 13/05/2012
      Protesters Opposition!
      Look here:
      The following link to a infographic-(very useful tool) is and example of an outlined detail plan for the future success of the Russian Federation by the siting President and his team. That is an example of what a plan of action looks like, not sitting around protesting for the sake of protesting.

      What the president and united Russia needs to do is take that to the people, every rook nook and cranny of the Russian Federation. Create workshops, spread the message.








      http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20120511/173369850.html

      http://en.rian.ru/images/17336/98/173369825.jpg
    • pushkinlovA sign of desperation
      18:33, 14/05/2012
      Putin is the legitimate president of the Russian Federation. Putin has lay out a program to advance the interests and the standards of living of all Russians, including a firm foreign policy. The so called Russian writers are NOT proposing any idea to promote the advancement of Russia. The writers' action seem, consciously or unconsciously, a desperate attempt to take away a legitimate triumph of the presidency by Putin. What the western funded NGOs failed to do nationally and internationally, the so called Russian writers are now trying to accomplish. Well, sorry, we all know that Russian people can walk freely in Moscow streets, anywhere, anytime, individually or in groups, as long as they do it peacefully!! I wonder why these "intellectuals" did not offer arguments about economic, political, social, foreign policy, defense advancement if they differ from Putin's open arguments? I think that know why, because their target is Putin consistent with NGO's foreign powers, but... sorry again, Putin is a legitimate president. The majority of Russians vote for him.


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