Putin loses grip weeks before election as Russians hurl snowballs at police

January 19, 2024

Footage shows a crowd hurling snowballs at riot police officers armed with shields and batons the town of Baymak, in the republic of Bashkortostan. Clashes broke out outside the court building in support of Fail Alsynov, who faced charged of ‘inciting ethnic hatred’. Officers resorted to firing tear gas at the crowd and using their batons against the protestors. The clashes in Bashkortostan come just months before Russians will head to the polls to elect their next president. Follow us to receive the latest news updates from Metro (Picture: Getty Images) Join the Metro WhatsApp community now for breaking news, juicy showbiz stories and must-watch videos from across our website.