Putin likens Russian crackdown to arresting Capitol rioters

  • In this image provided by NBC News, journalist Keir Simmons, left, speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview that aired on Monday. (NBC News via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is to meet President Joe Biden at a summit Wednesday, has suggested that the hundreds of people arrested for rioting at the U.S. Capitol are being subjected to “persecution for political opinions.”