Protests over elections held in major Russian cities.

By bne IntelliNews December 12, 2011
On Saturday December 10 authorized and unauthorized protests over parliamentary election results were held in all major Russian cities, making the largest public protest in a decade. Protests in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square counted by various estimates up to 80,000 people. While the first modest post-election protests were quite violently dispersed by police, the protests on the weekend passed without serious accidents. A day before the largest protests in recent Russian history Citi issued report in which it came up with two possible development scenarios: one seeing protests losing momentum very fast and another predicting escalating pressure from the opposition and counter-measures from the authorities. Although it is not yet completely clear, but judging from the reaction on the protests the former scenario is more likely. However, it can be stated almost certainly that blatant falsifications at the coming presidential elections in March are highly unlikely, even though the victory of PM Vladimir Putin is barely doubted by anyone.

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