Russian Protesters Don’t ‘Get Shot’ Like They Would In the U.S., Putin’s Spokesman Says

Protesters who were jailed over this summer’s mass election rallies in Moscow would have been shot dead if they had been protesting in the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has said in a leaked video.

Dmitry Peskov’s conversation with students at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) appeared on social media in the wake of the city’s largest sustained protest movement in years which saw thousands of demonstrators detained, sometimes violently. A handful of people have been jailed in connection with this summer’s protests, catalyzing nationwide campaigns in their support.

“There was some young man who threw a cup [at a Moscow protest]. You have to understand that he’d get shot in the head in America,” Peskov can be heard telling students in the video published early Tuesday, alluding to the U.S. gun violence epidemic. 

Peskov added that the protester would have been gunned down “without trial, without an investigation” and “the policeman would have been rewarded for that too.”

Comparing Russian law enforcement actions with those in North America, Putin’s spokesman said emphatically that police in Russia “might not entirely courteously put you in a bus, break your arms and take you away.” 

“But in America and Canada, they’ll shoot you to hell. For a cup, for a thrown newspaper.”

The conversation organized by HSE’s journalism department was meant to be off the record and was not publicized by the university, the Open Media news website reported, citing HSE’s spokesperson. Peskov himself declined to comment on the video because it was not a public speech, according to the RBC news website.

Putin’s spokesman has made heated remarks about Moscow protesters in the past, reportedly remarking that “the livers of protesters should be smeared across the asphalt for those [riot police] officers who were wounded” during a 2012 wave of anti-Kremlin protests in the capital.

HSE student Yegor Zhukov, 21, is one of several protesters who have been criminally charged following this summer’s protests.

(c) The Moscow Times

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6 comments

  • Russia use different methods, Novichok, suicide, “heart” attacks, flying from 9th floor balconies.

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  • Krokodil brains at work…

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  • Fine imagination this PissCough has. Just like the rest of the Kremlinals, he thinks he knows America but as usual he is completely insane. What kind of world would we have if all countries produced propaganda instead of fact? Everything out of this vile man’s mouth should be met with laughter and it is he that needs his liver sprawled out across the street for all his lies.

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  • англійський масон

    There must a lot of younger people in vatnikistan and one would hope Students even at this facility, who have the intellect to realise this is all lies and that they can’t access the likes of youtube to actually see a Demonstration outside of vatnikistan because they would then see the lies exposed.

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  • A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED: PESKOV………….PESKOV HAS BIG HANDS, THERE WERE 1000 ARRESTED!

    Liked by 4 people

  • Clearly, Pestcough’s already tiny brain has been critically damaged by his favorite drug. Those who believe his blatant lies are no better off.

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