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Russian opposition supporters shout during a rally in central Moscow on December 5, 2011. Thousands of Russians rallied Monday in central Moscow and Saint Petersburg protesting violations in legislative elections that handed victory to Vladimir Putin's ruling party with a reduced majority.
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Russian Communists Party supporters wear scarves with the color and emblem of the Communist Party gather together to protest against official results of the parliaments elections in Moscow on Monday..The Communist Party appeared to benefit most from the protest vote, getting nearly 20 percent, up from less than 12 percent four years ago. The socialist Just Russia and the Liberal Democratic Party led by mercurial nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky are also expected to increase their representation in the Duma; both have generally voted with United Russia, and the Communists pose only token opposition.
Russian police line up during an opposition protest in central Moscow December 5, 2011. Several thousand people protested in central Moscow on Monday against what they said was a fraudulent parliamentary election, shouting
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A riot policeman detains an opposition supporter during a rally in central Moscow on Monday.
From the full story:
Also Monday, more than 400 Communist supporters gathered to express their indignation over the election, which some called the dirtiest in modern Russian history. The Communist Party finished second with about 20 percent of the vote.
"Even compared to the 2007 elections, violations by the authorities and the government bodies that actually control the work of all election organizations at all levels, from local to central, were so obvious and so brazen," said Yevgeny Dorovin, a member of the party's central committee.
Putin appeared subdued and glum even as he insisted at a Cabinet meeting Monday that the result "gives United Russia the possibility to work calmly and smoothly."
Also, here's an earlier PhotoBlog post about the election in Russia.