Kremlin aide: Some Russian protesters want revolution

December 23, 2011 13:56

MOSCOW - The Kremlin's chief political strategist condemned Russian protesters on Friday, saying they wanted to turn demonstrations over a disputed election into a revolution like those that toppled leaders in the Arab world.

"There are those who want to turn the protests into a color revolution - that is for sure," the president's first deputy chief of staff, Vladislav Surkov, said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper.

Tens of thousands of people have said they will protest on Saturday in Moscow as part of the biggest wave of opposition rallies since Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rose to power 12 years ago.

Surkov said the protesters were acting as though they were taking cues from the works of US academic Gene Sharp, whose books on revolution have been cited as a major influence on activists who led the campaign against Egypt's Hosni Mubarak.

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