Putin claims protests ‘illegal,’ but Russian Constitution allows rallies

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gestured during a meeting with France’s President Emmanuel Macron (out of frame) in the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:00 PM PT – Monday, January 25, 2021

Vladimir Putin claimed the latest uptick in support of Alexei Navalny is illegal, despite the Russian Constitution allowing the right to free assembly.

“We have repeatedly encountered situations when the situation went far beyond the law and shook our society and the state,” Putin stated. “Where not only people who were engaged in it suffered, but also those people who had nothing to do with it.”

Putin also claimed he does not own the multi-billion assets found by Navalny in his latest investigation.

This came as Putin’s approval rating has tanked below 30%, while hundreds of thousands of Russians are rallying in support of the opposition leader.

“It is very good that people all over the country came out to the protest on January 23, I was pleasantly surprised by this, because there are rumors that only Muscovites have a different opinion, but it turns out that the whole country is thinking about all these political topics, and I am very glad about it,” Moscow resident Elizaveta Tikhanova said.

The Russian opposition plans to continue protests across the country in coming weeks, saying the society is sick and tired of the Kremlin’s corruption, economic mismanagement and political failures.

MORE NEWS: AMC Shares Rise After Company Raises Over $900M, Rules Out Immediate Bankruptcy Talks

You May Also Like

COVID vaccine live updates: Here’s what to know in South Carolina on Feb. 2

‘The fire is raging.’ How Lexington recovery center helps young people break addiction

Jason Witten named head coach at Texas high school

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia announces retirement