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Commenting article: Putin Defends Crackdown on Dissent, Slams 'Pussy Riot'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has justified a recent clampdown on dissent as a necessary move to maintain order in Russia.

In his first full-length interview since his inauguration in May 2012, on Thursday, Putin praised what he says are democratic reforms he introduced in the wake of mass protests against his rule.

"We should clarify what we're talking about," he said in an interview with the RT international news channel on Thursday, as cited by RIA Novosti.

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#1
mavro from australia - 10 Sep 2012 // 10:06:10

'S*x Pistols from London (who wrote a song called "God Save our F******g Queen", who we love), and a 'slap on the wrist' would have been a more proportionate punishment, than 2 years in jail!'
The lead singer from the S*x Pistols only lived another 2 years after making the song "God save our F*****G Queen". He died in New York of a 'drug overdose'.
Nobody has made a parody of the Queen ever since.

#2
Yane - 7 Sep 2012 // 21:20:06

mrposhrat, the definition of sheeple..

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sa-sha - 7 Sep 2012 // 10:28:32

(1)"Democratic reform would have been better served by allowing Medvedev to have served a second term as President, we mostly liked him."---congrats, but this damned Russian people think differently.
(2)" Does Russia really still need an iron fist...?"---do replace "Russia"
by "West" for getting a solid "Yes" in reply.
(3)"Or, is it so difficult to let go of power, without getting oneself into a do or die situation?"---dream on, buddy.
(4)" As for P*ssy Riot..."---this human scum inspires, eh?

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mrposhrat - 7 Sep 2012 // 03:31:13

Democratic reform would have been better served by allowing Medvedev to have served a second term as President, we mostly liked him. Does Russia really still need an iron fist, and absolute respect? Or, is it so difficult to let go of power, without getting oneself into a do or die situation? As for P*ssy Riot, they're more like the S*x Pistols from London (who wrote a song called "God Save our F******g Queen", who we love), and a 'slap on the wrist' would have been a more proportionate punishment, than 2 years in jail!

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