Putin accuses Clinton of encouraging protesters

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    Putin accuses Clinton of encouraging protesters
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 12/8/11
    http://news.yahoo.com/putin-accuses-clinton-encouraging-protesters-093312730.html

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blasted U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday for encouraging and supporting the election protesters and warned of a wider Russian crackdown on unrest.

    By describing Russia's parliamentary election as rigged, Putin said Clinton "gave a signal" to his opponents.

    "They heard this signal and with the support of the U.S. State Department began their active work," Putin said in televised remarks.

    Russian protesters have taken to the streets in Moscow and St. Petersburg for three straight nights despite heavy police presence, outraged over observers' reports of widespread ballot box stuffing and manipulations of the vote count in Sunday's parliamentary election. The demonstrations have been some of the biggest and most sustained protests Russia has seen in years, and police have detained hundreds of protesters...

    ..."We need to think about strengthening the law and holding more responsible those who carry out the task of a foreign government to influence our internal political process," he said.

    Moscow has already put out 50,000 police and troops on the streets, backed by water cannon.


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