Putin Bans Protests at Night as Controls on Dissent Grow

President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning public demonstrations at night, tightening controls over dissent after more than a decade in charge of Russia.

Legislation on public protests has been modified to outlaw events starting before 7 a.m. or ending after 10 p.m., except for some memorial and cultural events, according to a government statement. Russian law already prohibits unauthorized protests.

Putin, who faced unprecedented unrest in late 2011 and early 2012 after he announced his decision to return to the Kremlin for a new six-year term, has waged a crackdown on civil society. He’s prosecuted opposition leaders and passed laws that impose restrictions on non-government organizations, the right to assembly and the Internet.

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