Critics of Vladimir Putin spoiled the launch of his presidential campaign yesterday by flooding his new website with calls for him to leave politics.
Setting out his stall before a March 4 election, which he is on course to comfortably win, the Russian prime minister published a wide-ranging policy manifesto. He pledged to end repressive policing, as part of an attempt to cast himself as a liberal reformer.
However, his presidential campaign launch was dismissed by restive Russians. Mr Putin's website came under attack from his critics. It was bombarded with hostile comments urging him to leave politics before the site's administrators began deleting some of them. (© Daily Telegraph, London)