Putin sees ‘double standard’ in US Capitol riot prosecutions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of double standards for its treatment of the Capitol rioters.

He said it was wrong for the US to criticise crackdowns on anti-government protests overseas, while prosecuting Americans with “political demands”.

Speaking at a business forum in St Petersburg, Mr Putin set expectations low for his summit with US President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said he expected no breakthroughs when the two meet on 16 June.

He also denied suggestions that recent cyber-attacks on US companies had originated in Russia, and rejected claims that Moscow had meddled in American elections.

What did Putin mean by ‘double standards’?

Mr Putin reserved some of his most stinging criticism for US condemnation of a crackdown on anti-government protests by Moscow’s regional ally, Belarus. He hit back by suggesting the US Capitol rioters were being treated unfairly.

“They weren’t just a crowd of robbers and rioters,” Mr Putin said of the Trump supporters who stormed Congress on 6 January and temporarily suspended a session to certify Mr Biden as the winner of last November’s election. “Those people had come with political demands.”

When the forum moderator at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum suggested Mr Putin’s comments about the Capitol riot could see him banned from US social media platforms, the Russian leader drew applause from the audience by retorting: “I don’t give a damn about being blocked somewhere.”

Earlier this week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Capitol rioters were being “persecuted” by the US government.

Some 500 suspects have been arrested for the riot, most of them charged with entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds. Many have been released pending trial, but some are being held in solitary confinement.

A member of Mr Biden’s own Democratic party, Senator Elizabeth Warren, has said some of the defendants were being subjected to “cruel” treatment.

Mr Putin also rebuked the West for its criticism of Russian authorities’ response to anti-Kremlin demonstrations, including jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Opposition protests across Russia earlier this year were suppressed with crackdowns. Riot police were seen beating and dragging protesters away, while thousands of people were detained.

The Russian leader told business leaders that protesters in Europe have faced an even tougher police response, with some shot in the eye by what he mockingly called “democratic rubber bullets”.

It is not clear what he was referring to, but a number of French demonstrators were blinded by rubber bullets fired by police during the so-called yellow vest rallies that began in late 2018.

(c) BBC

7 comments

  • “They weren’t just a crowd of robbers and rioters,” Mr Putin said of the Trump supporters who stormed Congress on 6 January and temporarily suspended a session to certify Mr Biden as the winner of last November’s election. “Those people had come with political demands.”

    Once again Putin comparing chalk to cheese. Did anyone in the Belarus protests attack the Belarus parliament or break into a restricted area? Did anyone die in the US protests in Capital Hill. Did any of the protestors get raped with police truncheons? One last question, had protestors stormed the Russian Duma, what would have been the consequences of that? I think we both know the answer, firstly the protestors would have been mown down in a hail of bullets, then the US would have been accused of funding the rioters.

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    • Jan 6 is a mysterious event. Lots of stuff is being covered up. Were they a bunch of malleable fanatics who had been put up to it by antifa/blm, which has undoubtedly been infiltrated by putinazis? Many were QAnon fans, as was Ashli Babbitt, who was shot dead. The cop who did it has not been named, but is believed to be a Brazilian with a history of posting pro-blm crap on social media.

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  • Apt comments coming from the world’s first troll president of the world’s first troll country.

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  • Putin has launched next American presidential election campaign.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    Everyone(!) …. even village dwellers of Zimbabwe and Togo … know what would have happened if such things had happened at the Kremlin. The streets would have been flooded with blood. Men, women, children, the handicapped, foreign press, old folks … they all would have been wantonly exposed to a hail of bullets to protect the crime gang inside its walls.
    What a pathetic little clown.

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