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The rally in Moscow today was the largest in Putin’s entire 12-year history. Hope the opposition can keep some of this momentum heading into the March presidential elections. If they can get 50,000 to protest a stolen parliamentary election, a stolen presidential could really draw a crowd.
The AP Reports:
The Moscow demonstration was even bigger than a similar rally two weeks ago, signaling that the protest movement ignited by the fraud-tainted Dec. 4 parliamentary election may be growing. Protest were also held in dozens of other cities and towns across Russia.
Rally participants densely packed a broad avenue, which has room for nearly 100,000 people, about some 1.5 miles from the Kremlin, as the temperature dipped well below freezing. They chanted “Russia without Putin!”
A stage at the end of the 0.43 mile avenue featured placards reading “Russia will be free” and “This election Is a farce.” Heavy police cordons encircled the participants, who stood within metal barriers, and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
Alexei Navalny, a corruption-fighting lawyer and popular blogger, electrified the crowd when he took the stage. A rousing speaker, he had protesters shouting “We are the power!”
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union.
Below is a photo from a protest on March 10th, 1991, where “hundreds of thousands” came out to protest.