Moscow,10,Dec,2011-(Berberanews)-Tens of thousands of Russians turned out in central Moscow and across the country Saturday to protest what they believe were rigged parliamentary elections, the largest public show of discontent in post-Soviet Russia.
The rally Close to 25,000 protesters in the capital, Moscow, comes three months before Putin, who was president in 2000-2008 and effectively remained the country’s leader. The protesters are demanding a cancellation of the December 4 election results and a new vote.
Putin said Russians have the right to assemble peacefully and legally while hundreds of people were arrested in smaller protests earlier in the week.
Election officials on Friday released the official results: 238 seats for United Russia; 92 seats for the Communists; 64 seats for Fair Russia; and 56 seats for the Liberal Democrats.
No incidents have been recorded during the mass protest rally which is underway on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square, Russia’s RIA-Novosti news agency reported on Saturday.
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