Russia's Putin attacks pro-opposition radio over insults

By REUTERS
January 18, 2012 22:55

 
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NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia - Vladimir Putin accused Russia's main opposition radio station of insulting him and serving the interests of foreign powers in a public dressing down of the editor-in-chief on Wednesday.

The attack may signal that the prime minister, all but certain to return as president after a vote March despite streets protests against his 12-year rule, has grown impatient with media criticism and could move to curb opposition outlets.

"I see that you are upset with me. I see it in your face. Why? I am not getting upset with you when you are pouring shit all over me from dawn to dusk," Putin told Ekho Moskvy's Alexei Venediktov, meeting media at his residence in Moscow's suburbs.

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