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Dmitry Medvedev Facebook message against Russian protesters backfires


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UK Telegraph:

Dmitry Medvedev has been humiliated online after his Facebook page, in which he posted a message denouncing Saturday's 50,000-strong rally in Moscow, was flooded by protesters criticising the Russian president.

The post, which came on the same day that the controversial head of the elections commission avoided an attempt to remove him, sparked disbelief and disgust and within two hours more than 3,500 people had posted comments, the vast majority overwhelmingly negative.

Mr Medvedev used the Facebook message to announce he had ordered an investigation into violations at the Russian parliamentary elections.

He used the same post however to criticise Saturday's demonstration – the biggest protest in Russia since the end of the Soviet Union.

"People have the right to express their views which is what they did yesterday," wrote Mr Medvedev. "I don't agree with the slogans or the declaration that rang out at the meetings. Nevertheless, instructions have been given by me to check all information from polling stations regarding compliance with the legislation on elections."

Saturday's crowds had directed their anger at Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is expected to become president again in March.

The movement has sprung up spontaneously as mainly young Russians express disgust at what they see as blatant election fraud and a lack of political freedom.

It sucks to be a sock puppet, doesn't it, Dmitry?
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