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Russians Flood the Streets to Protest Alleged Election Fraud

Posted on Dec 10, 2011
AP / Mikhial Metzel

Protesters hold a sign bearing a photo of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that reads “2050. No” during a rally in Moscow against alleged vote-rigging in Russia’s parliamentary elections.

Thousands of Russian youths, newly politicized by what they see as a violation of human rights, stood with a crowd of up to 50,000 people in central Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square to challenge election results that keep Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party in power.

The country’s election commission confirmed that United Russia won 49 percent of the vote. Protests took place in more than 50 cities with thousands gathering in St. Petersburg and in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk on a brutally cold day. —ARK

The Guardian:

The protesters largely represented Russia’s growing middle class – urban, educated professionals dismayed with Putin’s soft authoritarianism, something that became an open subject of discussion after he announced in September he would run in the presidential vote on 4 March following four years as prime minister. Putin has already served two terms as president, stepping down in favour of his protégé Dmitry Medvedev because of a constitutional ban on serving more than two consecutive terms.

“My patience has spilled over,” said David, 24. “They have to listen to us: the leadership takes however much room for manoeuvre we give them and now they have less.”

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By blogdog, December 12, 2011 at 12:30 am Link to this comment

“just you wati” - bloody hell - no need to wait to know what this is about

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By heterochromatic, December 11, 2011 at 11:10 pm Link to this comment

If you think that Moscow handles them w/o injuries…....

just wait. see if the protesters get to pitch tents for a month.

but anyway the protests in Moscow are WAY bigger than the OWS thingee

AND…...they are FAR more representative of the population.  no “we are the
99%”  bs!!!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~People displayed posters that said things like:
.................................“146% of Muscovites are for fair elections,” ~~~~~~~

that’s way more!

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By blogdog, December 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm Link to this comment

police saids 3k - this looks like more

curious - Oakland can’t control 3k protesters without injuries, while Moscow
can handle 10 times more

but the real question: regime change… here, there, everywhere?

let’s check in on global protests, some great opportunities:

Reuters: World News
Palestinian dies after protest clash with Israel troops

Reddit: World News
Egyptian Surgeon has proof that depleted Uranium ammo was used against

Reddit: World News
Over 20 NATO tankers torched in Pakistan in 1st attack since Islamabad…

Washington Post: World News
More than 2,000 Afghans hold rally, denounce Pakistan for deadly shrine

Reuters: World News
Tripoli protesters demand militias leave town

Washington Post: World News
Leader of exiled Tibetans accuses China of rights abuses leading to
Rights group: Former monk dies after latest self-immolation protest in Tibet

Guardian: World News
Catholics protest against ‘blasphemous’ play in Paris

Washington Post: World News
Crowds protest across Yemen to demand president face trial for crackdown
on…Yemen prison riot protesting bad treatment leaves 2 inmates dead

Reuters: World News
Nobel laureate slams poor support for Yemen revolt

Telegraph: World News
Occupy San Francisco camp cleared by police
Occupy Wall Street protester gets job on Wall Street

Washington Post: World News
Police in Guyana clash with political protesters; several injured

Reuters: World News
Greek police fire tear gas at protesters in Athens

BBC: World News
VIDEO: Clashes erupt during Athens protest

Guardian: World News
Removed: Occupy Wall street article
Occupy Wall Street comes home to roost with Congo’s ‘debt vultures’ |...
Wall Street protesters vow to reoccupy on movement’s anniversary
Occupy Boston protesters given midnight deadline to leave camp
Birmingham University gets high court injunction against sit-in protesters
Occupy DC protesters arrested in scores while Boston camp faces eviction
Occupy San Francisco protesters ‘given five-minute warning’ to clear camp
Occupy San Francisco camp dismantled in overnight police raid
Wall Street protesters to occupy foreclosed homes
Occupy Wall Street protesters to occupy foreclosed homes

Reddit: Politics
Time Magazine Picks Occupy Wall Street as the top news story of…
Bank of America spooked by Occupy campaign. An internal email shows the…
Arrests and a Media Blackout in San Francisco Occupy Raid
Cleveland City Council Endorses ‘Occupy Movement,’ Calls On Congress To
Prosecute Banks.
The evolution of a populist: How Republican obstructionism and an organic
Judge Rules in Favor of Occupy Portland Protesters, Suspends Trespassing

Russia Today: News
Police evict Occupy Boston protesters, 47 arrested
Police evict Occupy Boston protesters, 46 arrested
Cops crack down on Occupy San Francisco; 70 arrested

Guardian: News
Police evict Occupy Boston protesters

Reddit: World News
Syria ‘bans iPhones’ over protest footage

Washington Post: World News
Syria’s Assad denies ordering deadly crackdown on 9-month-old uprising

Telegraph: World News
Protesters defy Assad across Syria
Syria: Bashar al-Assad rejects accusation he is responsible for protest deaths

Guardian: News
Birmingham University protest ban attacked as ‘aggressive and censorious’
Congo protest leads to over 100 arrests after trouble in London
Occupy London’s anger over police ‘terrorism’ document

Washington Post: World News
Peru anti-mining protesters decry state of siege as unjustified provocation
Peru declares state of emergency after talks fail to end anti-mining protest


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By heterochromatic, December 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

dog, wasn’t the Oakland about 3,000?

thais was at least 10 times bigger

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By blogdog, December 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment

so here it is on RT no blood, not fire - doesn’t come close in numbers to July 1 Green Square, looks like Occupy Oakland without the Rubber Bullets, Flash Grenades nevertheless Hillary seems to be calling for ... regime change?

curious (or not) how the UEA monarchs (non of which even have constitutions, and have just sanctioned Syria)  are gunning down their protesters with nary a blink of the eye from the global MSM nor the so-called alt- media: Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, The Nation

even curiouser how the US Congress literally sanctioned the Congressional Black Caucus in their quest for a Congressional investigation into the disenfranchisement of Florida’s black voters in 2000 - and why were there not 10s of thousands of African Americans and their so-called progressive supporters on the streets about that?

still urging a visit to

Tarpley parses developments as such; globalist hegemons are determined to ride the so-called Arab Spring wave of democratic rebellion on to Damascus, Tehran, Moscow, Beijing… with ground-work well laid by Freedom House, National Endowment for Democracy, Human Rights Watch, et al… regime change is irrepressibly in the air, and as the song says, just maybe: ‘democracy is coming to the USA’

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By heterochromatic, December 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment

dog, Putin’s PARTY was on the balllot, just as Chavez wasn’t on the ballot last
election, but the districts were re-arranged for Chavez’s party

Here’s yesterday’s protest in Moscow rom the CSM.

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By blogdog, December 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

Putin wasn’t on the ballot - go to the Tarpley analysis - as for RT being owned by
the Russian Gov., hardly matters - the volumes of propaganda the gobal MSM puts
out is hared to beat - I trust RT before CNN, BBC, Democracy Now or Al Jazeera

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By heterochromatic, December 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

dog… I hope that you know that RT is owned by the Russian government…........

not surprising that Golinger is on denouncing the US as somehow exaggerating
the the protests over the election fraud in Russia.

Golinger’s agenda, as a shill for Chavez, is to denounce all media reports of
corruption, election fraud and demonstrations as exaggerated….because that’s
what’s happening in Venezuela…and it’s gonna be worse in Venezuela next

But that it isn’t already blatant ,,,as last election Chavez’s party got only half the
votes….but 2/3 of the seats in the legislature.

FOX News is a pile of sloppy shit, but the shit in Russia DOES stink and Putin IS
still a thug.

and his reference to the communists as he bullshits is because even Gorbachev
called him out for this fraud.

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By blogdog, December 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

Uploaded by RTAmerica on Dec 8, 2011
Protests in Russia have sprung up in reaction to the results of the Russian 2011
election. Fox news has missed the mark when covering the uproars in Moscow.

The news media showed footage of riots in Greece claiming that people of
Russia were upset at Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party.

detailed analysis here -

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By richard horton, December 11, 2011 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
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If these old people are youths,call me Meyer.
    I heard one of our nation destabilizing criminal orgs are up to their old Trotskite tricks.Man is the crap getting thick.
    Worry about our own whacked out nation.

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By Peter Knopfler, December 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment

“kill one man,it is a tragedy,
kill a million,
just a statistic.” STALIN 1944.

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By heterochromatic, December 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment

gerard, not backward, merely uninterested in spending money for gadgets when
the old tried and true methods, stout pieces of wood and thick boots, are cheap
are long-lived.

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By gerard, December 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment

My God!  Was nobody tasered?  Shows you how backward Russia is!  Could it possibly be that the military/industrial complex is under the haystack fast asleep?

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By heterochromatic, December 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

Do a lot of foddering?

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By PatrickHenry, December 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment


Yeah, and alot more.

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By heterochromatic, December 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment

PatH~~~~ you own a pitchfork?

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By PatrickHenry, December 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment

If we were not the fluoridated masses that we are, Americans would be confronting Wall street and the Federal Government with pitchforks and torches.

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By heterochromatic, December 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment

Probably in the same place where all the commenters who
like to bullshit about the US being a police state
are, Blue.

With their head up their tracts examining for flaws
here at home, and not looking at the gross corruptions
of the real world

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By Blueokie, December 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

Where is IMax complaint about the uncleanliness and violence of the protesters?

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