The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.
“Putin Go Away,” is what a banner hanging in front of the Kremlin says ahead of this weekend’s scheduled protests this weekend in Russia.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to flood the streets to demand that next month’s presidential elections be free and fair.
Putin, who is now prime minister, served two terms as president, but he’s running again and it’s assumed he’ll win. Fraud allegations marred the parliamentary vote in December that was won by his party, sparking a spate of huge demonstrations.