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Russian opposition leader detained after fresh protests | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 18.12.2011

About 1,500 protesters took to the streets in Moscow and other Russian cities on Saturday to demonstrate against the disputed December 4 parliamentary election.

The turnout of the protests was far below that of the rallies one week ago, when more than 50,000 demonstrated in Moscow, St. Petersburg and elsewhere.

Saturday's protests in Moscow had been organized by the center-left Yabloko party, which failed to win any seats in the upcoming parliament, receiving only 3.3 percent in the vote.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party won an absolute majority in the Duma but lost the two-thirds majority it held in the previous term.

Critics say the party actually did far worse and only maintained the slimmest of majorities through ballot stuffing.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 11:56:54 AM EST
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I can't believe that Putin is so stupid to detain opposition leader of one minor party after protests are going down in numbers...So bloody stupid.
Milosevic did same at the beginning (with a leader of one of biggest opposition party) until he learned that it is much better to have same leader in his government, ha-ha.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 07:58:15 PM EST
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I gather that autocrats don't really feel fulfilled unless they get to rub their opposition's face in the dirt. I guess it's just part of the syndrome.
by Andhakari on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 02:12:50 AM EST
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