An uncomfortable moment lived, on June 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin after being challenged by a journalist from ‘ABC News’, who questioned him about his government’s alleged repression of political opponents.
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The event occurred in the middle of a press conference by the president after the meeting with the president of the United States, Joe Biden, in Geneva, Switzerland.
At the time of the questions, the reporter Rachel Scott He questioned the Russian president “what is he so afraid of?”, referring to the sanctions against opposition leaders that prevent them from participating in the politics of his country.
“The list of your political opponents who are dead, incarcerated or in prison is long. Alexey Navalny’s organization calls for free and fair elections and an end to corruption. But Russia has banned that organization and called it an extremist, and now it has prevented anyone who supports it from running for office, “Scott said.
“My question is, President, what are you so afraid of?”, He questioned.
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Putin replied that Navalny’s organization, without mentioning the name of the opponent at any time, summoned massive street demonstrations and urged minors to participate in these marches through manipulation.
After that, the Russian president compared the demonstrations in favor of Navalny with those that the US experienced after the death of George Floyd and the rise of the ‘Black Live Matters’ movement.
Putin assured that his country will never allow events like those experienced in the United States to be repeated in its territory.
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“The United States recently had to deal with terrible events after the murder or death of African Americans and then the Black Live Matters movement emerged. I do not want to pass any judgment on that, but what we saw afterwards, violations of the law and so on, sympathize with the Americans, but we do not want this kind of thing to happen in our territory and we will do everything possible to prevent it”, He emphasized.
Then Putin answered the question about what are you scared of and stated: “Regarding fears, I don’t want to talk about it. That is absolutely irrelevant ”.
But the questions of the journalist Scott continued and the reporter rebuked the president again about the opposition: “You did not answer my question, President. If all of your political opponents are dead, in prison, or poisoned, doesn’t this send a message that you don’t want a just political fight?”.
In this regard, Putin recalled what happened in the taking of the Capitol in the USA, and affirmed that there also several people broke in with political demands and are now in prison.
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“And let me repeat: we sympathize with what is happening in the United States, but we do not want this to happen in Russia,” Putin concluded.
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