The OMONtsy Black Berets did what they had to do… out of 14,000 people present, only some 250 to 500 were arrested (2 to 4 percent). That means that over 95 percent of the people were left alone by the coppers. Don’t be lead astray by lurid and melodramatic reportage in the Western press. It wasn’t a popular groundswell, and that’s that.
US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul expressed concern over a crackdown on protesters in downtown Moscow on Monday. Riot police dispersed protesters who tried to prolong an opposition rally at Pushkinskaya Square, detaining hundreds, including prominent whistleblower Aleksei Navalny and leftist leader Sergei Udaltsov. McFaul wrote in his Twitter blog, “Troubling to watch arrests of peaceful demonstrators at Pushkin square. Freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are universal values”.
According to various estimates, between 14,000 and 20,000 people gathered late on Monday for a sanctioned rally to protest Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s overnight victory in the presidential polls, which protesters say were rigged. The event was peaceful until some 2,000 people refused to leave the square after the end of the rally, tried to block traffic on Tverskaya Street, and tried to encircle the Kremlin. Moscow authorities said police acted in line with the law and security regulations to prevent the escalation of tensions and a potential outbreak of violence.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Russian billionaire-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov, who came third in the 4 March presidential polls with 7.88 percent of the vote, demanded a probe into the crackdown on protesters. He wrote in his Facebook blog, “I insist on investigating the events on Pushkinskaya Square today in an open court trial. I’m certain that the use of force and detention of opposition politicians could’ve been avoided. I’m appalled by the use of force against people who came to exercise their civil rights”, he said, adding that the tradition of peaceful opposition rallies in the country had been broken.
6 March 2012
Firstly, Prokhorov has extensive American holdings, and is often in the USA. Moscow acquaintances tell me that ordinary Russians write him off as a Langley stooge, and so should you. In short, he’s nothing but Chilly Hilly’s running-dog, and you must treat him accordingly… VVP does, that’s for sure. As for Michael McFaul, he should keep his mouth shut. What about the violence meted out by American police to Occupy Movement protestors, Mr McFaul? It’s worse than what the OMON did Monday night. Mr McFaul is silent about the “hanging chads” as well, for that proves that GWB stole the 2000 election… mirabile dictu! There’s dirty politics in America, too… what a concept!
The US Embassy encourages anti-Russian movements, including such religious flotsam-and-jetsam as Sectarians, Uniates, and schismatical screwball “Orthodox” such as Rusantsov’s lot and Yakunin. That’s why no Orthodox Christian, in good conscience, can support the US State Department in any way. It attempts to attack the Rodina by using oddball religious movements to undermine Christ’s Church. It’s gotten so bad and so obvious that even the Blunder sees it and even he’s turning away from the West. He recently quoted Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich approvingly (“Russia has no friends”) and stated that foreign elements fomented the Revolutions in 1917. That’s a 180, kids… it means that the Western threat to the Motherland and to the Faith is REAL.
Russia fought back the Poles in 1612… it fought back the French in 1812… it will fight back the Americans in 2012. Do NOT attack the US government in any way (or advocate any violent action of any sort at all)… you’ll just end in a prison cell for nothing. Simply do not cooperate with their actions against the Rodina and the Church… they can’t throw you in the slam for that (yet). Don’t be silent, either… we still have free speech (for the moment). Also, note who supports the American assault on the Orthosphere amongst us… do not support them in any way, in particular, send them no money. Those of us “in the know” know who they are… one spoke at the American Enterprise Institute (he splits his time between Dallas, the District, and the Island); another is/was a long-time US government official as well as being a priest. I’d say that if you talk to them, you speak directly to those in the US government who hate our Motherland and attack our Faith.