Unimpressed Putin likens US Capitol riot to a ‘stroll’ in appeal for ‘stable relations’

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has faced real dissent by supporters of jailed opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, was not overly impressed with the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

Democrats and the corrupt media establishment exploited the Capitol riot in hopes of dealing a fatal blow to former President Donald Trump’s political life, insisting that it was an attempted violent overthrow of the U.S. government, an “armed insurrection.” The term “coup d’etat” was even thrown around.

But Putin equated the day as a “stroll” in a meeting on increasing investment activity, the Associated Press reported.

“Some of the people who took a stroll to the U.S. Congress — 150 people were arrested, they face imprisonment from 15 to 25 years,” the Russian leader said.

“Will all these internal controversies end there or not?” he asked. “We do not know, but we want it to end, because we are interested in stable relations with all our main partners.”

As for threats that Putin has faced, the New York Times reported in January “modest challenges from the street have turned into serious spectacles of dissent thanks to the heavy-handed response of the country’s vast and often brutal security apparatus.”

The irony being that the Biden administration condemned the harsh tactics that were used against the Russian protesters, who were “exercising their universal rights.”

The AP noted that “more than 300 Trump supporters have been charged with a range of crimes stemming from the siege,” adding that there were five deaths, including one police officer.

Not all of those arrested were supporters of Trump, as seen with the arrest of John Sullivan, a social justice activist linked to Black Lives Matter. Sullivan was inside the Capitol.

And while Democrats screamed that the protest was a murderous assault, in reality the deaths that occurred on Jan. 6 were all Trump supporters. Three of the protesters died of medical-related causes. The fourth death was unarmed Air Force vet Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by a U.S. Capitol police officer.

The cause of death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died the following day, is still not known.

There were media reports, led by the New York Times, that he was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher, but the officer’s own mother disputed that account.

Instead, she said the family believes her son died of a stroke, although they don’t know for sure.

FBI Director Chris Wray recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and he refused to tell senators Sicknick’s cause of death, citing an ongoing investigation.

“I certainly understand and respect and appreciate the keen interest in what happened to him. After all, he was here protecting all of you,” Wray stated. “And as soon as there is information that we can appropriately share, we want to be able to do that. But at the moment, the investigation is still ongoing.”

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