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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Putin Tries to Counter Mass Demonstrations With His Own

The organizers of the planned “For Honest Elections” demonstration scheduled for today (February 4) held their breath. They knew the Moscow temperature would be minus 10 Celsius at noon. Could they get a hundred thousand protestors for the demonstration at Bolotnaya Square? If weather had kept Putin protesters away, the government would cheer that the opposition’s back had been broken.

It is now six PM in Moscow on February 4, and the answer is in. According to organizer estimates, no less than one hundred thousand demonstrators showed up carrying white balloons, wearing white ribbons and carrying signs: “Russia without Putin.”  Aerial photos confirm the massive numbers of demonstrators at Bolotnaya Square.

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  1. Such an interesting story to read and I enjoyed reading it as well. Keep up the good work.