Saint Petersburg: Russian police on Wednesday
seized 1,00,000 copies of a book critical of Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin that activists planned to hand out at the Saint
Petersburg International Economic Forum.
"City police seized a van travelling from Moscow loaded
with 1,00,000 copies of the book, `Putin. The Results. 10
Years on,`" Olga Kurnosova, head of the city`s branch of the
opposition United Civic Front, told agency.
Copies of the book written by opposition politicians
Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Milov were "intended for
participants of the forum", starting tomorrow, Kurnosova said.
The reasons for the seizure "are not very clear", she
The book, which has a total print-run of one million
copies, aims to "tell the truth about the real results of the
leadership of Putin and the tandem", Nemtsov, a former deputy
prime minister, wrote in his blog on Monday.
Putin served two terms as president from 2000 onwards
before being elected as prime minister. He is still viewed as
Russia`s strongest political figure in a power tandem with his
ally President Dmitry Medvedev.
Earlier this month, Putin said that he supported
opposition protests as long as they were within the law.
"Without a normal democratic development this country
will have no future," he said at a televised meeting with
prominent arts figures.
Nemtsov presented the book about Putin in Moscow on
Monday. Last year he published a similar book about Moscow
Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who won a libel case and forced him to
retract a statement about corruption in the city hall.