Protesters Say ‘No To The USSR’ As Putin Woos Armenia


Alexei Anishchuk
businessinsider.com
December 2, 2013

Hundreds of people marched through the capital of Armenia on Monday to denounce visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin and protest against plans to join a Moscow-led customs union.

Some of the estimated crowd of 500 in central Yerevan held up banners declaring “Putin, go home” or “No to the USSR”, a reference to the Russian leader’s efforts to bind former Soviet republics together more closely in economic and security alliances.

Police in Yerevan said they detained 110 protesters, the local news agency Arminfo reported.

Putin flew to the South Caucasus country for talks on its decision in September to join Russia, Belarus andKazakhstan in a Customs Union, which he touted as having already brought “tangible dividends.”


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