Journalist Live-Tweets Own Arrest

Journalist for the Guardian in Moscow, Kevin O'Flynn, live tweeted his own arrest on Monday - after reporting on the ongoing protests as part of the public backlash against the inauguration of Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

At around 7pm on Monday evening, O'Flynn arrived at Moscow's Presidential Administration building, where he began posting a series of tweets in the run-up to his arrest:

Few people. Gate still open to presidential administration. A sprinkling of police

Thirty minutes later, O'Flynn confirmed his press credentials with the authorities - and just a minute after doing so, was promptly arrested.

Ooh arrested, one minute after documents checked and said ok.

Fortunately, his followers sent him messages of support, as well as querying the reason behind his arrest:

Ooh arrested, one minute after documents checked and said ok.

@oflynnkevinwhat have you been arrested for?

Whilst O'Flynn didn't immediately respond to the tweets, he did however post a photo of his whereabouts after taking the shot on his phone:

Thankfully for O'Flynn, his ordeal came to an end after being released from custody just seven minutes later.

I'm out. Shortest detention in history. They even apologized.

Putin was elected as the President of Russia after previously carrying out two four-year presidential terms, then four as prime minister - which many saw as Putin filling this role as a means of being re-elected as president this year. Russian law barred him from serving three consecutive terms.

Since then, numerous anti-Putin protests have taken place - resulting in often violent encounters between Putin's opponents and the police.

Source: Mashable


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