Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Russian Police Prepare For More Protests - 7th Dec 2011

Police in Russia are preparing for a fourth day of protests against the result of Sunday's election.

More than 250 people were arrested during rallies in Moscow and St Petersberg overnight as they demanded prime minister Vladimir Putin step down.

Thousands of troops have been deployed in the Russian capital after an unprecedented numbers of people demonstrated over the weekend's results.

Liberal opposition party leader Boris Nemtsov was among the hundreds of people who were arrested. He was later released without charge.

Sky's Amanda Walker heard reports of fireworks being thrown and anti-Putin protesters being dragged off by police officers.

Demonstrators shouted "Putin is a crook and a thief", referring both to the alleged election fraud and to widespread complaints that the prime minister's United Russia party is one of the prime reasons for Russia's endemic corruption. Read More