Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tens of thousands of protesters flood Moscow despite -20C temperatures to demand an end to Putin's rule

Tens of thousands of Russians flooded Moscow city centre today to demand an end to Vladimir Putin's rule.

The crowds braved -20C (-4F) temperatures to protest a month before a presidential election Mr Putin is still expected to win.

The march - which drew 120,000 people, according to organisers - was the third mass demonstration since Mr Putin's party won a parliamentary election on December 4 with the help of what appeared to be widespread fraud.

The election and Mr Putin's decision to reclaim the presidency proved the last straw for Russians increasingly unhappy with the creeping authoritarianism during his 12-year rule.

The rallies - which have brought together liberals, leftists and nationalists - are the biggest in Russia since the demonstrations that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union 20 years ago. Read More