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Old 12-10-2011, 09:04 AM
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Moscow protest against Putin attracts at least 25,000; other demonstrations throughout Russia

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MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of Muscovites thronged to a square across the river from the Kremlin on Saturday to protest alleged electoral fraud and urge an end to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s rule, demands repeated at other rallies across this vast country in the largest public show of discontent in post-Soviet Russia.

The demonstrations come three months before Putin, who was president in 2000-2008 and effectively remained the country’s leader while prime minister, is to seek a third presidential term. The massive outpouring of public anger challenges his image, supported by state-controlled TV channels, as a man backed by the majority of Russians.

That image was undercut by last Sunday’s parliamentary elections, during which his United Party narrowly retained a majority of seats, but lost the unassailable two-thirds majority it had held in the previous parliament. Even that reduced performance was unearned, inflated by massive vote fraud, the opposition says, citing reports by local and international monitors of widespread violations. The reports of vote-rigging and the party’s loss of seats acted as a catalyst for long-simmering discontent of many Russians.

“The falsifications that authorities are doing today have turned the country into a big theater, with clowns like in a circus,” said Alexander Trofimov, one of the demonstrators at Bolotnaya Square, on an island in the Moscow River adjacent to the Kremlin.

Protests took place in more than 50 other cities from the Pacific Coast to the southwest, including a large demonstration estimated by police at 7,000 people in St. Petersburg.

Less than 100 demonstrators were reported arrested nationwide, far fewer than the hundreds taken into custody at smaller protests in the first days after the Dec. 4 national election. Police, who normally crack down fast and hard on any unauthorized gathering, even allowed a few hundred leftist radicals to conduct an unsanctioned protest on Moscow’s Revolution Square just outside the Red Square.

In the Pacific city of Vladivostok, several hundred protesters rallied along a waterside avenue where some of Russia’s Pacific Fleet warships are docked. They shouted “Putin’s a louse” and some held a banner caricaturing United Russia’s emblem, reading “The rats must go.”

The Moscow rally, which lasted about three hours, was so sprawling that unbiased crowd estimates were difficult to make. Police put the attendance at 25,000; organizers claimed up to 150,000.

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Moscow protest against Putin attracts at least 25,000; other demonstrations throughout Russia - The Washington Post
Yer darn Totin they're mad a Putin..

And here I thought they had to show their "papers" before voting! I guess that doesn't do much good when the votes are manipulated..
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Good for the people of Russia. Hope it does some good. It is kind of exciting.
In a low keyed sort of way. He must have laid that last straw on the table. And the world is aware he cheated. Now I guess the Russian people are aware after all and they do care. hooray for them.
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Even the people know the truth yet I am sure Putin will stay in power as he has most of the crime lords in his hip pocket, plus what is left of the military hard liners..

Which is not good for anyone, period if he does stay in power.
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