Russian and Armenian special forces practiced quelling an anti-government uprising at a joint exercise in southern Russia on Monday, an interior ministry spokesman said.
In a mock-up of a real protest around 50 demonstrators led by "provocateurs" converged on a square in front of a government building demanding their wages be paid and the authorities' resignation, the spokesman told AFP. Special forces officers intervened as demonstrators burst into the building and took a number of hostages.
The exercises come amid signs of nervousness in the Russian administration following popular uprisings in the three former Soviet republics of Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.
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