Skip to comments.Protests, arrests mark Putin's Kremlin return
Posted on 03/05/2012 10:49:08 AM PST by NormsRevenge
Police arrested dozens of Russians Monday as thousands protested at Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency in elections Western monitors called "skewed."
Some 14,000 people according to police turned out in Pushkin Square in central Moscow chanting "Russia Yes! Putin No!" as hundreds of helmeted riot police stood by on guard.
But Moscow police arrested dozens of protesters at a separate unsanctioned event near the central election commission while an AFP reporter saw nearly one hundred detained at an unauthorised meeting in Putin's native Saint Petersburg.
Putin won almost 64 percent of Sunday's ballot in easing his way back to the seat he held for the maximum two terms from 2000-2008 before his four-year stint as prime minister.
His Communist Party challenger Gennady Zyuganov refused to recognise the results after winning just 17 percent while the billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov sprang a surprise to finish third despite building his base from scratch.
Election-rigging claims have shadowed these polls just as they had done at parliamentary elections in December that were followed by three months of the biggest anti-Kremlin demonstrations since Soviet times.
Opposition leaders adopted a joint statement at the Pushkin Square rally "demanding an end to political repression, an investigation into massive fraud and early parliamentary and presidential elections."
"Our aim is elections within the year. Otherwise the revolution is inevitable, even if we do not want revolution we want free elections," said Putin's former prime minister turned bitter Kremlin critic Mikhail Kasyanov.
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Vlad is back in charge..
in the finest tradition of Uncle Joe and Mao ..
he was “re-selected” ..
Russia's current Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has tears
in his eyes as he addresses supporters during a rally in Manezhnaya Square near
the Kremlin in central Moscow March ...