Sunday, March 16, 2014

Anti-government demonstrations in Moscow

March 15 (BBC News Europe) On the eve of the referendum in Crimea, tens of thousands rallied in Moscow against Russia's actions in Ukraine, the biggest such protest in two years. As many as 50,000 attended the rally, with protesters shouting: "Hands off Ukraine." One man told the BBC he felt Russia was turning back to the days of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Nearby, some 15,000 supporters of President Vladimir Putin came out to support the Crimean referendum. Many of them wore identical red outfits and carried Russian and Soviet flags "We are for friendship of the Russian and Ukrainian peoples. We want to say a firm 'No' to the fascist junta that came to power in Ukraine," one man said.