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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-11 04:17 AM
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Moscow protest: Thousands rally against Vladimir Putin
Source: BBC

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in central Moscow in a show of anger at alleged electoral fraud.

They passed a resolution "not to give a single vote to (PM) Vladimir Putin" at next year's presidential elections. <snip>

Rallies were taking place across Russia, with the first big protest in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.

At least 28,000 people turned out in the capital, according to the Russian interior ministry, but rally organisers said the true number was around 120,000.


Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16324644



Much more at the link, including analysis by Daniel Sandford--who claims that Putin supporters will now find it harder to cheat. How unthinkable would all this have been thirty years ago!
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-25-11 04:34 AM
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1. Gorbachev urges Putin to step down
(AP) MOSCOW Mikhail Gorbachev, who resigned as Soviet president 20 years ago Sunday, has urged Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to follow his example and step down.

Gorbachev said if Putin stepped down now he would be remembered for the positive things he did during his 12 years in power.

The former Soviet leader spoke on Ekho Moskvy radio Saturday after a demonstration against Putin drew tens of thousands in Moscow. <snip>

The 80-year-old Gorbachev carries little weight in Russia today. And while many Russians have grown weary with Putin's rule, his opponents are split among numerous groups. They have no clear leader who could challenge Putin in the March presidential election.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57348159/gorbachev-...

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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-11 12:26 AM
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2. Hmmm.. this is interesting.
The Force is growing strong!!!
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