Russia Protest

December 11, 2011 by staff 

Russia Protest, Thousands of Russian protesters gathered in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square on Saturday in an unprecedented show of anger against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin over rigged parliamentary polls, which may develop into the largest Russia has witnessed since the collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago.

Protesters demanded annulment of the election results, claiming they were rigged in favour of the ruling United Russia party. At least 50,000 police and riot troops were deployed in Moscow ahead of Saturday’s protests. City authorities permitted up to 30,000 people to attend the demonstration dubbed ” For Fair Elections”.

But opposition leaders said more than 40,000 people had already gathered in Moscow.

Police said at least 15,000 people had gathered in the capital city.

A large number of police personnel were seen standing by to make sure the protesters did not rally in Revolution Square, though news agencies said hundreds of people had gathered there . Besides the Russian capital, demonstrations were also held in dozens of cities across the country, including St Petersburg and Vladivostok. Smaller rallies were also organised in cities throughout the country.

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