Russian leader Putin is weak
Wednesday 20th February, 2013

Pussy Riot icon Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is behind bars, but her husband is unbowed, saying the punk band’s controversial case has exposed the weaknesses in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule. Visiting Geneva for a gathering of human rights campaigners, Pyotr Verzilov said that the Kremlin’s tough handling of its opponents shows, paradoxically, that Putin is no longer the strongman he’s made out to be. “Putin has been managing the country, in the last two years at least, very, very ineffectively,” Verzilov told AFP in an interview. “The groups Putin depends on are connected to the econom…

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