Protesters welcome Putin in Armenia

A protest was held in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, where Russian President Vladimir Putin went for the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) meeting.

According to the Moscow Times, hundreds of Armenians and Russian citizens took to the streets chanting “Putin is a murderer” and “No to war”. 

“We need to show that not all Russians support this,” said an IT worker named Sergey, who recently moved to Yerevan from Russia.

Putin’s first visit to Yerevan since 2019, and the shaky welcome, came at a time when the Russian leader was increasingly isolated on the world stage due to his invasion of Ukraine. Moscow Times stated that Russia has difficulty in being effective even in Central Asia and the Caucasus, where the former Soviet republics are located. 

During the CSTO meeting, it was stated that at least three actions were taken due to Putin’s visit, Moscow’s support for Azerbaijan and the occupation of Ukraine. 

“We don’t have a problem with the Russian people, but we don’t want to be slaves of the Kremlin,” said 64-year-old Armenian Yuri Tatevasyan, who participated in the demonstration on Tuesday evening.

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