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Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Will protests against Russia’s president gain momentum? | Inside Story” – below is their description.
People in Russia have defied police warnings and freezing temperatures to hold some of the biggest protests yet against President Vladimir Putin.
Thousands rallied in nearly 70 cities to demand the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested as he returned from Germany.
More than 3,000 demonstrators were arrested.
Will the protests pose a real challenge to Putin’s rule?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Sergey Markov – Director, Institute for Political Studies.
Domitilla Sagromoso – Lecturer in Security and Development, King’s College London.
Maria Lipman – Senior Associate, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University.
–Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel
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