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Moscow's peaceful protests enrage the Kremlin...
Op-Ed by Alexey Kovalev
Text Fragment, Originally Published by The Guardian
Moscow's peaceful protests enrage the Kremlin because its only tool is violence
Alexey Kovalev, Investigations Editor of Meduza
"Egor Zhukov, a political science student, was arrested and charged with "mass rioting" (a criminal offence that carries up to eight years of prison) – for making a gesture pointing to the right, according to prosecutors. They also brought a custody challenge against a couple who brought their infant son to what was supposed to be a peaceful rally, threatening to have child protection services seize him for them "endangering his physical and mental safety". Even moderate Kremlin loyalists were aghast at such vindictiveness"