Putin Lets Anti-Government Moscow Protest Go Ahead: He’ll Crush Them Later
IN Moscow, thousands massed to demand the end of Vladimir Putin’s rule. They protested against vote rigging and corruption. Putin’s United Party lost a lot of seats in the recent elections, but it retains a majority.
But if not Putin, then who? Putin is no fool. The police allowed the protest to go ahead. He allowed the State broadcaster to relay images of the demo to the masses.
But if not Putin, then who. And he has his fans; and it likely they too will hold demos, bigger and noisier than the very loose alliance of opposition groups.
People stand on the bridge as they attend a mass rally to protest against alleged vote rigging in Russia's parliamentary elections in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Many thousands of Russians angered by allegedly fraudulent parliamentary elections are protesting Saturday in cities from the freezing Pacific Coast to the southwest of Russia, eight time zones away, a striking show of indignation, challenging Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's hold on power. The banner on the bridge reads: "Crooks give us the election back" (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)