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.
So much for United Russia. That’s the optimistic name of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party, which drew accusations of voting fraud and incited protests after Sunday’s parliamentary election. The demonstrations continued Tuesday in Moscow and two other Russian cities, leading to hundreds of arrests and two counter-protests.
Could martial arts enthusiast, tiger wrangler and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin be losing his steely grip on power in his homeland? Could be, judging by the results of Sunday’s parliamentary election in Russia, which resulted in a shaky showing for Putin’s United Russia party.
The results of Sunday’s parliamentary election in Russia, which resulted in a sweeping victory for Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party and signaled that the president will stay in power beyond the end of his second term next spring, are being questioned on a national and international scale.