The Straits Times
Published on Dec 12, 2012

Putin denounces 'foreign-funded' opponents in annual Federal Assembly speech


MOSCOW (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denounced his opponents who receive financial assistance from abroad and said Russia would not allow democracy to be imposed on it from the outside.

Mr Putin said in his annual state-of-the-nation address that it should be illegal for anyone who receives money from abroad to be a politician in Russia, in a clear stab at his opponents.

"Direct or indirect outside interference in our internal political processes is unacceptable," Mr Putin said in the speech in the Kremlin.

"People who receive money from abroad for their political activities - most likely serving foreign national interests - cannot be politicians in the Russian Federation."