Russia's Attempt To Emulate Occupy Protests Ends In Arrests

Protesters in Moscow tried to imitate the global Occupy protests today with a small rally, but they may have forgotten that the Russian police won’t stand for that kind of thing.

Reuters reports that a small group of anti-Kremlin protesters gathered outside the Central Election Commission headquarters wearing the now ominous “V for Vendetta” Guy Fawkes masks. The group said that it planned to occupy a nearby square holding the presidential offices.

The group was protesting over their belief that the upcoming presidential elections will not be democratic and that Vladimir Putin will be able to leverage the result in his favour.

However, despite the masks, the protest was swiftly quashed by armed police who arrested the protesters and herded them into a van.

The protest comes as Putin’s popularity in Russia hits a 10 year low. There is even a worry that his United Russia party could lose its current majority in the Russian Duma.

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