Thousands Protest Russian Elections

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A riot policeman detains an opposition supporter during a rally in central Moscow on December 5, 2011. Thousands of Russians rallied in central Moscow and Saint Petersburg. (ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

As many as 5,000 protesters flooded into central Moscow on Monday night, furious over voting irregularities in Sunday's parliamentary elections. Chanting slogans like "Putin is a thief," protesters accused the prime minister's United Russia party of rigging the election. Monitors say they observed blatant fraud, including ballot box-stuffing. Two prominent opposition figures were jailed, along with 300 other protesters.

David M. Herszenhorn, reporter for The New York Times, has the latest from Moscow.


David Herszenhorn

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