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The U.S. am­bas­sador in Rus­sia crit­i­cized Moscow po­lice for crack­ing down on demon­stra­tors protest­ing Vladimir Putin’s vic­tory in Sun­day’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“Trou­bling to watch ar­rests of peace­ful demon­stra­tors in Pushkin Square,” Am­bas­sador Michael Mcfaul wrote in a Twit­ter post, re­fer­ring to protests in down­town Moscow.

“Free­dom of assem­bly and free­dom of speech are univer­sal val­ues,” he added.

The Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry de­fended the po­lice ar­rests of hun­dreds of pro­test­ers.

“The po­lice on Pushkin Square were sev­eral times more hu­mane that what we saw in the breakup of Oc­cupy Wall Street protests,” the min­istry said.

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