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Shaken by rallies, Putin says Russian society maturing

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, facing an outburst of protest against his rule, called Monday for an update of Russia’s political system in response to what he said was a maturing civil society. “We need to create a political system where people can and must speak the truth,” Putin said in…

Thousands mass in Moscow for rival Putin rallies

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Moscow Saturday for rival rallies opposing and supporting Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s political domination one month ahead of presidential polls. Police said between 87,000 and 90,000 turned up for the pro-Putin rally in the west of the capital and put the number…

Putin promises Russia ‘new economy’ after protests

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised Monday to build a “new economy” in Russia as he admitted its prosperity was still held back by a litany of ills despite his 12-year domination of the country. In a bid to show he remains Russia’s best hope for economic stability after a wave of protests, Putin…

Russian ex-paratroopers score YouTube hit with rock video calling Putin ‘tyrant’

As opposition to Vladimir Putin’s anticipated reelection to the presidency of Russia heats up, protest is taking a number of unusual forms. For example, critics of the Russian leader drove around Moscow on Sunday in cars trailing white ribbons to advertise protests planned for next weekend. The most surprising success…

Russian protest warning as activist jailed again

The Russian opposition on Monday vowed new protests this week after a leading anti-Kremlin activist was give a fresh jail sentence following the latest mass rally against Vladimir Putin. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday in the second mass opposition protest in a month, increasing the…

Tens of thousands challenge Putin in Russia protest

Tens of thousands of people on Saturday filled an avenue in Moscow to protest against the alleged rigging of parliamentary polls in a new challenge to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s authority. Clutching white balloons and banners with the slogan “For Free Elections”, the protesters thronged Sakharov Avenue in Moscow, symbolically…

Thousands protest against rigged polls in Russia

MOSCOW — Around 8,000 people protested in Moscow and Saint Petersburg on Sunday against what they say were rigged parliamentary polls handing victory to Vladimir Putin’s ruling party. The new rallies come on the heels of a wave of protests that swept Russia last weekend after the opposition and independent…

Anti-Putin rallies spread across Russia

Over 50,000 people rallied Saturday in Moscow while thousands more came out across Russia following disputed polls in the biggest ever national show of defiance against strongman Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule. A crowd chanting “Russia without Putin” marched past tight police cordons to a square on an island in the…

Putin’s party may lose parliamentary majority in close vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian voters have dealt Vladimir Putin’s ruling party a heavy blow by cutting its parliamentary majority in an election that showed growing unease with his domination of the country as he prepares to reclaim the presidency. Incomplete results showed Putin’s United Russia was struggling even to win…

Russians vote as foul play claimed

Russians voted Sunday in elections set to see Vladimir Putin’s ruling party win a reduced majority in parliament, amid claims the authorities were engaging in foul play to ensure it maintained dominance. Russia’s main independent vote monitors have been denounced and harassed by the authorities ahead of the elections, while…

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