24 Dec '11, 10am

Tens of thousands challenge Putin in new Russia

Tens of thousands challenge Putin in new Russia

Demonstrators gather holding placards and balloons during a protest against recent parliamentary election results in Moscow Dec 24, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's opposition forces are set to challenge the government with a new wave of protests against election fraud. Organisers of Saturday's demonstration in Moscow hope it will be as large as a protest two weeks ago that drew tens of thousands - the largest show of discontent since the 1991 Soviet collapse - although rallies in other cities in Russia's far east and Siberia earlier on Saturday drew much smaller crowds. Nearly 53,000 people have so far signed up on Facebook for the rally on a broad avenue about 2.5km from the Kremlin. Recent protests in Moscow and other cities have dented Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's authority as he seeks to reclaim the presidency in next March's vote. The Kremlin has res...

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