Russia Prepares for Massive Anti-government Protests by Buying Loads of Riot Gear

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Massive anti-government protests have wracked Russia since Vladimir Putin jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in February – after allegedly being poisoned in Siberia on orders from Moscow. He later was taken to Germany for treatment and arrested upon his return to Russia.

The United States, and European countries have called for his release, with Russian leaders refusing. Navalny is now on a hunger strike demanding proper medical treatment for acute pain in his back and legs.

After three huge protests in the past two months, reports Reuters, Navalny’s supporters said they would announce a date for a new nationwide street protest they hope will be the largest in modern Russian history.

They plan to hold the demonstrations once 500,000 people have registered to attend. So far 370,000 people have reportedly registered.

Russian authorities have pledged to break up the protests they have labeled as illegal.

In preparation for what the Russian security forces expect will be possibly violent riots, the Ministry of Interior which handles most civil disturbances, has requested more than 2,000 police ‘anti-riot’ kits worth some 239 million roubles ($3.15 million), notes Reuters.

These riot control kits include body armor, a helmet and leg protectors. Separately, the ministry also requested 1,625 ‘protective kits,’ 200 helmets and more than 400 bulletproof vests, reported Reuters. In February, the Russian prison authority ordered “hundreds of tasers, smoke grenades and protective gear after nationwide rallies in support of Navalny.”

We can expect these demonstrations, and how the Kremlin security forces respond, will be a major test of Putin’s authoritarian rule. ADN


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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1 year ago

Putin can probably learn a thing or two on how AUTHORITARIAN RULERS should operate from Joe “THE SNIFFER” Biden.
It might help him destroy the country and subjugate the population.

james bolton
james bolton
1 year ago

Meanwhile globalists and globalist puppet $oro$ continue to hire globalist puppet, libby snow flake sheep to commit mass shootings in the usa and preach the globalist agenda to take all our legal guns away . . . . .

1 year ago
Reply to  james bolton

They won’t get my guns. There will be some dead idiots if they try that crap on gun owners. We are going to destroy those who are trying to destroy us

james bolton
james bolton
1 year ago

It is easter sunday, can’t altar boy raping jesus bless all the good people in the world like altar boy raping jesus blesses; globalists and globalist puppet $oro$ and globalist puppet democrat criminal party and globalist puppet rino criminal party and globalist puppet fbi CRIMINAL organisation and globalist media and globalist puppet, libby snow flake sheep AND altar boy raping priests . . . . .

1 year ago

I am somewhat surprised. One would think they would simply “mow them down” or have them “disappear” instead of man to man combat.

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