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Moscow masses vent corruption frustrations

Tens of thousands of Russians have rallied in the centre of Moscow, in order to show their anger at supposed electoral fraud.

The crowd passed a resolution that vowed not to submit a single vote for Vladimir Putin at 2012’s presidential elections. Alexei Navalny, the protest’s leader, told his crowd that Russians will no longer tolerate corruption.

To great amounts of applause, Navalny explained that he could see enough people in front of him that would be capable of storming the Kremlin but such action won’t be taken just yet as the protesters are peaceful people. Demonstrators insist that parliamentary elections, which took place on 4 December and were won by Putin’s party, were fixed.

Understandably, the government has denied the accusation. Representing Putin, who is currently Russia’s prime minister, a spokesman said that despite the protests, the vast majority of the population stands behind the controversial figure, with the protestors merely a minority.
The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told of his confidence that Putin is to win the March presidential elections as he is “beyond the competition”.

On Christmas Eve, a sea of demonstrators could be seen along Sakharov Avenue, which is a just a few kilometres from the Kremlin, in temperatures that were far below zero. Rallies took place across Russia in other cities such as Vladivostok. According to government sources, at least 28,000 people showed their faces at the Moscow protest. In contrast, rally organisers had the true number at around 120,000.

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