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Vol. 78/No. 12      March 31, 2014

Moscow rally protests
Russian occupation of Crimea

Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Tens of thousands marched through Moscow March 15 to protest the Russian military occupation of Crimea and threats against Ukraine. Protesters held up banners that said, “For your freedom and ours.”

“This is to show Ukrainian citizens our solidarity, so they will see there is another Russia,” Maria Lobanova told the Washington Post.

Demonstrators waved Ukrainian and Russian flags and chanted, “Putin is afraid of the Maidan” and “Putin, go away.”

“Don’t believe it when they say that we are few, that we are weak,” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Pussy Riot, told the crowd. “Together we will change this country.”

A smaller demonstration backing the Russian invasion took place the same day, by men wearing identical red jackets, marching military style.

“It’s not just that Crimea should join Russia — we should restore the whole Soviet Union, and I think this is what Putin wants,” Sergei Prokopenko told the New York Times.


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Protesters in London demand Russian troops out of Crimea
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