Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the overnight U.S.-led missile attack on Syria and called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, the Kremlin said on Saturday (April 14). Putin said the U.S. actions in Syria made the humanitarian catastrophe worse and caused pain for civilians, as well has damaging international relations.
On Sunday, Russians head to the polls for a presidential election. It's a contest that holds no surprises, with Vladimir Putin assured of winning a fourth term in office. Six years ago, however, his re-election was greeted by the largest wave of protests in post-Soviet Russia. But the authorities chose to respond with force. Today, the weakened opposition has little chance of rallying people again.