Russian Spring: Thousands Join Vote-Rigging Protests

n what appeared to be a clear indication of the mounting discontent over Vladimir Putin’s 12-year reign, tens of thousands of Russians joined a massive wave of protests against the alleged rigging in the Dec 4 parliamentary elections.

According to agency reports, Moscow saw the biggest show of solidarity by protesters. People descended on Sakharov Avenue in thousands braving harsh wintry conditions. The protesters converged on a broad avenue which is just a couple of miles away from Kremlin.

Demonstrators wearing masks take part in a protest against recent parliamentary election results in Stavropol. (Reuters)

Demonstrators hold placards, flags and balloons during a protest against recent parliamentary election results in Moscow. (Reuters)

Demonstrators gather holding placards and balloons during a protest against recent parliamentary election results in Moscow. (Reuters)

Demonstrators wearing masks take part in a protest against recent parliamentary election results in the southern Russian city of Stavropol. (Reuters)

A policeman tries to escape from demonstrators during a protest against election results in Russia’s far eastern city of Vladivostok. (Reuters)

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