MOSCOW: The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin is following mass opposition protests in Moscow, but does not believe they are significant enough.
Giving the Kremlin’s first official comments on the massive opposition protests in Moscow, Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that Putin has not spoken out about the demonstrations because he does not think there is anything “exceptional” about them.
Peskov rejected suggestions that the protests have plunged the Kremlin into a political crisis and defended police response at the three weekends of protests as “proportionate.” He also said police are looking into reports of violence against peaceful protesters.
Moscow has been gripped by large-scale opposition protests three weekends in the row, including last Saturday’s rally which is believed to be the largest in eight years.
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