: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Kremlin struggles to defuse protests in Putin heartland

Protesters in Russia’s Yekaterinburg against President Vladimir Putin’s rule.(AFP pic)MOSCOW: A confrontation with authorities in Russia’s fourth-largest city has become the latest example of spreading public discontent with President Vladimir Putin’s rule amid rising hardship as the economy sputters.
Police sealed off Yekaterinburg’s popular central park Thursday to try to stamp out nightly protests this week by thousands of people against plans to build an Orthodox cathedral there. Riot police detained at least 26 people in clashes on Tuesday as activists pulled down temporary fencing at the site that was guarded by members of a local martial arts club hired by …read more

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