‘The problem is Putin’: protesters throng Russia’s streets to support jailed Navalny.
As riot police surged to retake Moscow’s Pushkin square, all you could see of them from the crowd were their truncheons raised high, ready to strike.
For more than a decade, the Kremlin has used every tool at its disposal to keep Russians off the streets, wielding fear and boredom to make protesting against Vladimir Putin seem pointless.
The spark was the arrest of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader allegedly poisoned by the FSB. But many of the tens of thousands out in Moscow said that the problems went deeper, tied to Putin and his two decades of control over the country.