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🚨Pro-democracy activist in #Russia gets 4-year prison sentence for attending Moscow #protests for fair elections. Konstantin #Kotov becomes the latest political prisoner in Putin's war on dissent. Kotov aptly wore a #Sentsov t-shirt in his courtroom cage.…
Kotov is the first recent protester found guilty under #Russia's "3 strikes" 212.1 law criminalizing attending 3 protests. He had 72 hours to prepare for his snap show trial. Human rights org Memorial declared him a political prisoner. Outside Moscow court chants of #FreeKotov
Kotov was found guilty under the same 212.1 anti-protest law human rights activist Ildar Dadin went to prison for in 2016. I wrote about Dadin's case & how #Russia criminalizes freedom of speech & assembly.… #FreeKotov #DefendDemocracy #MoscowProtests
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Russian opposition blogger gets 5 yrs in prison for a misinterpreted tweet, an answer to a question about the possible outcomes of riot police suppressing protests w/o facemasks: people might find their family photos & target kids. NOT a call for violence. #MoscowProtests
Another protester gets 3 years for using pepper spray against riot police.
A couple is facing their parental rights being taken away for taking a child to a protest. Father says, "It is a signal to the society, they are using fear. It is all about fear."
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Today, Russia: The first arrest: woman in St.Petersburg arrested after 5min of standing alone with a poster. Mass protests banned. The Kremlin suppresses protests against unfair elections. Over the last 3 weekends over 3,000 detained. #MoscowElectionsCrisis #MoscowProtest
These brave people in Moscow and St.Petersburg demand their constitutional rights: the right to vote for candidates to the local government that were not pre-selected by the Kremlin. If arrested, they will face 8-14 years in prison.
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The only oppositional leader not jailed at the moment in Russia is being arrested by riot squad after the door is broken, journalists thrown face on the floor, five minutes before she is heading to a sanctioned protest in Moscow. #moscowelectioncrisis #допускай
Riot police squad is also taking over the studio NAVALNY LIVE that broadcasted from the last two protests.
People are started to get detained in Moscow and St.Petersburg. (10 minutes into the protest)
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828 arrests (so far) at protests that certainly seemed less than half the size of last week's. In other words, an even higher arrest ratio. This is definitely a point being made
In the short term, consistent ruthlessness works in controlling open protest, so long as the security forces remain willing

In the longer term, this tends to be a sign of the beginning of the end, the point when a regime has run out of ideas and is losing legitimacy
I honestly don't think Putin wanted to rule from a throne of bayonets

I honestly don't think he'll have much choice if he continues like this and - crucially - if any sparks from Moscow ignite any kindling elsewhere in the country
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#MoscowElectionCrisis #MoscowProtest Second Saturday in a row, unsanctioned protests in Moscow gather tens of thousands. 1,400 arrested last Sat. Opposition leaders are in jail. Today, one of the last leaders still free, is detained by police. RT please. #RussiaWillBeFree
Videos of people being detained in Moscow, about an hour ago.
#MoscowElectionsCrisis #MoscowProtest Watching live streaming from Moscow: The protest is unsanctioned so people are just "going for a walk" so there are not posters or flags; a massive crowd walking in their own town on a sunny day and thousands of policemen with batons.
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BREAKING NEWS: Pre-revolutionary situation in Russia! Massive protests in Moscow, Putin is in panic mode, his days are numbered. The Russian revolution is imminent!
Putin’s thugs in uniform attacked Russian citizens fighting for their freedom and democracy. The protests are growing by the day, strength in numbers. Russian people, don’t back down!
LATEST UPDATE: Putin’s police arrested over 1000 protestors and few opposition leaders. An independent TV station offices in Moscow got raided by FSB including Novalny LIVE. The internet and cell service is sporadically being interrupted.
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