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Biggest Putin Protest Yet: Tens of Thousands Demonstrate in Moscow

Increasingly, it looks like Russian Winter is really happening, and what went down in Moscow today solidified it: tens of thousands of Russians descended upon the Kremlin to protest the fraudulent re-election of their current president, chanting "Russia Without Putin!" The avenue where the protests were held apparently has enough room for 100,000 people, and it was packed. Alexei Navalny, lawyer and blogger who has been credited with helping to mobilize the revolution, orated:

 "We have enough people here to take the Kremlin," he shouted to the crowd. "But we are peaceful people and we won't do that — yet. But if these crooks and thieves keep cheating us, we will take what is ours."

 The protest drew many other high-profile Russians, including opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and world chess champion Garry Kasparov, who told the crowd, " There are so many of us here, and they (the government) are few," Kasparov said from the stage. "They are huddled up in fear behind police cordons." AFP:

 

Putin has accused the United States of fomenting the protests in order to weaken Russia and has said, sarcastically, that he thought the white ribbons many protesters wear as an emblem were condoms.

In response to Putin's blustery rhetoric, one protester Saturday held a picture montage of Putin with his head wrapped in a condom like a grandmother's headscarf.

"We can't tolerate such a show of disrespect for the people, for the entire nation," journalist and music critic Artyomy Troitsky said in a speech at the rally. He wore a white gown that resembled a condom, mocking Putin's comment.

Read the full report here.

 

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 24, 2011, 5:13am

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