Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Electoral Fraud Scheme



After 300 arrests on Monday, police promised to detain anyone attending any further unapproved gathering in Moscow.

An opposition politician at the earlier protest, Ilya Yashin, has been jailed for 15 days for disobeying police.

There were unconfirmed reports of a new demonstration on Tuesday evening in a square in the heart of Moscow.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has played down his party's losses in Sunday's parliamentary election.

United Russia won the election with just under 50% of the vote, a sharp drop in its support.

Correspondents say the result reflects Mr Putin's declining popularity ahead of his bid for the Russian presidency in March.

Observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) say the election was slanted in favour of Mr Putin's party, United Russia.

The Russian interior ministry has denied any extra security measures in Moscow, saying that police and troop movements in the city were a "rotation".

Its press service told Interfax news agency that 51,500 police including 2,000 interior troops had been on a state of alert since 1 December, as part of election preparations.

"Statements that extra forces are being drafted into Moscow do not correspond to reality," it said.

- BBC

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