Pro-Putin Rallies Created by Government Officials


Reuters, October 29th:

Tens of thousands of Russians, many holding photographs of Putin and waving banners saying “Putin is our president,” held rallies in regional cities calling for him to stay in power.

Attendance at the recent meetings, presented on state television as bursts of support for the Kremlin chief, was partly organized by [government] officials in at least two cities, according to copies of documents obtained by Reuters.

[Also a] letter from the head of the education authority in the city of Tver, north of Moscow, told students and teachers from 55 schools to support a rally held last week.

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