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Tens of Thousands Clog Moscow to Protest Putin

Police try to intimidate opposition, but turnout heavy

(Newser) - Despite new anti-demonstration fines and police interrogating opposition leaders, tens of thousands of Russians jammed Moscow's streets today, protesting against President Vladimir Putin, reports the AP . Police estimated 20,000 protesters showed up, while organizers put the number upward of 100,000. June 12 is Russia Day, a national... More »

Putin: Jack Protester Fines to Hulking $9.5K

Measure could become law next week

(Newser) - Basking in his re-election glow, Vladimir Putin yesterday backed a move to jack up the fine for illegal protesting—to a hefty $9,500, reports the New York Times . Despite furious opposition, the measure could become law as early as next week. "We must protect people from extreme radical... More »

Today's Shocker: Medvedev Approved as Russia PM

Job swap with Putin now complete

(Newser) - Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin completed their long-anticipated job swap today, with Russia’s parliament approving Medvedev as prime minister, as had been expected. Medvedev, who received a 299-144 vote, will serve under Putin, who was inaugurated for his third term as president yesterday and quickly nominated Medvedev as PM. More »

Russians March on Kremlin to Protest Putin

Rally draws tens of thousands

(Newser) - Despite brutally cold temperatures, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Moscow today, calling on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to step down from power, reports the AP . Protesters marched on the Kremlin, carrying signs that read "For Free Elections" and "Russia Without Putin." Authorities... More »

All Signs Point to Runaway Election Fraud in Russia

Analysis shows 100% turnout in many districts, indicates ballot-stuffing

(Newser) - The bad news just keeps rolling in for Pooty-Poot: The Wall Street Journal took a long, hard look at Russia's Dec. 4 elections and finds solid indicators of major, widespread, in-your-face fraud—by one measure, casting doubt on some 14 million of the 65.7 million votes purportedly cast.... More »

Putin Offers to Talk to Protesters

Kremlin spokesman dismisses talk of a crisis

(Newser) - After the biggest protests since the collapse of the Soviet Union , the Kremlin says it is willing to talk to protesters—but not to give ground on their main demands. A spokesman for Vladimir Putin says the prime minister is ready for "dialogue," but insists that Putin is... More »

Russia's Speaker Resigns Amid Protests

He says it would 'not be right' to serve third term

(Newser) - Russia's protesters look to have claimed their first scalp: Longtime parliament speaker Boris Gryzlov today announced that he is stepping down, despite his United Russia party's election victory . Gryzlov heads United Russia's Supreme Council, and has been Duma speaker since 2003, making him a potent symbol of... More »

Ruckus Erupts After Raunchy Medvedev Tweet

Prez allegedly called jailed activist a 'sheep' with an affinity for...

(Newser) - Well, this isn't very presidential: Dmitry Medvedev appeared to retweet a disparaging remark against jailed opposition activist Alexei Navalny shortly after riot police stopped a second post-election protest Tuesday night. "Today it became clear that a person who writes in their blog the words 'party of crooks... More »

Putin Blames Protests on ... Hillary Clinton

He accuses US State Department of being behind the demonstrations

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is the secret mastermind behind the post-election protests roiling through Moscow and St. Petersburg, Vladimir Putin alleged today, in his first public comments on the unrest. "She sent a signal to some activists in the country," Putin told supporters, according to the Telegraph . "They got... More »

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