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Thousands rallied in central Moscow on Saturday to call on President Vladimir Putin not to stay in power indefinitely, in the first major protest by the Russian opposition since the Kremlin chief announced controversial plans to change the constitution

Thousands rallied in central Moscow on Saturday to call on President Vladimir Putin not to stay in power indefinitely, in the first major protest by the Russian opposition since the Kremlin chief announced controversial plans to change the constitution

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  1. and Putin answers … sure, i am not going to be in power indefinitely, only until the day i die … and not a single minute more.

  2. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/29/russian-opposition-to-protest-putins-leader-for-life-reforms-a69461) reduced by 84%. (I’m a bot)
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    > Thousands rallied in central Moscow on Saturday to call on President Vladimir Putin not to stay in power indefinitely, in the first major protest by the Russian opposition since the Kremlin chief announced controversial plans to change the constitution.

    > The rally marked five years since the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov but its organisers also want the event to send a message to Putin after he proposed major constitutional changes.

    > Organisers, including the country's most prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny, called for a mass turnout to show Putin that he must not consider staying in power by any means when his current mandate ends in 2024.

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  3. Recently I was travelling 3 months in Russia. Hitchhiking from Altai, through Yakutia to the Far East, seeing a lot of places. I can assure you that over 70% of population have nothing good to say about current government and the president. That’s what I was frequently told but the drivers of cars and trucks, once they felt they can trust me and were not scared to sound their opinion.

  4. a democratic russia would be really good the world tbh

  5. Imagine if they were to clean up the corruption in the Russian government and recover all the money they has been stolen from the people of Russia.

    They could build a nice little paradise with all the billions that the Oligarchs and ol Vlad have been siphoning off for decades.

  6. Hope I’m wrong but I do not see this ending well, unless it gains serious traction. If it remains only a vocal minority I fear they will be dealt with.

  7. Thousands commit suicide with gunshots to the backs of their heads.

  8. Jesus, people, what’s with the “thousand people dead tomorrow” jokes? The protests have been pretty frequent in Russia, what happens is always the same: 1) no one cares, the world moves on 2) some people get arrested.

  9. Been there. The rally was great but 22k people aren’t nearly enough to make Putin resign

  10. Surely another hoax the Democrats are pushing. Everyone loves Putin in Russia! I hear he’s doing great things! Lots of people are talking about him! SAD!!!

  11. Those are some brave Russian people.

  12. “Putin can’t kill us all, can he?”

  13. Super misleading title.

    It was a rally for an activist who was murdered a few years ago. Sure there were some opposition chants, but that was by no mean the original intent of everyone visiting.

  14. And all those people are dead now.

  15. The cynic in me wanted to say this will accomplish nothing but the historian in me says Russia lovvvvves a revolution

  16. I am old enough to remember when the wall came down and feeling so optimistic about Russia’s future. Putin basically stoled Russia’s potential and turned it into personal wealth for him and his oligarchs.

  17. Soon enough America will have the same issue.

  18. RIP to all those who attended.

  19. The last time this happened in China, we got Tiananmen Square. I pray for the Russian folks out in the streets.

  20. Hol up, I’m no expert in Russian politics but isn’t the new constitution actually going to elimante the ability for a president to serve indefinitely?

    If they are protesting it should be about the fact that the new constitution is going to allow the Russian government to just fully ignore the EU court

  21. Meanwhile we are just watching Putin Jr here in the US spreading his wings.

  22. Next day: Coronavirus outbreak kills thousands in Russia.

  23. This link is absolutely toxic. I’ve never had so many pop up video ads on any website

  24. And the power struggle begins..

  25. Maybe they will sign a petition so the govt. will know who to pick up for ‘reeducation’?

  26. Mad props to the people who did this, dude is a dictator

  27. These people are brave.

  28. Give Trump half a chance and

  29. Guess the headline tomorrow will be ” Thousands mysteriously found dead on Sunday after rallying against Vladimir Putin’s indefinitely reign”

  30. Thats right. Fight BACK. It’s YOUR country, not that small dicked lunatics. Between this and the Hong Kong protests there might be hope for the world…

  31. Sure I won’t be in power forever, *insert shadow president*

  32. You know they’re fucked when all they want is for Putin to not be king *forever*.

  33. And Putin agreed with the people, signing into law stricter guidelines that 100% prevented anyone from staying in power…
    xD

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