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Thousands of Russians Protest Voting Irregularities

Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Tens of thousands of Russians turned out in central Moscow and across the country Saturday to protest what they believe were rigged elections. The voting a week earlier was for members of parliament. United Russia, the party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, suffered big losses but still retained the majority of votes. People expected Putin's party to lose by a larger margin.

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From PRI's The World: Story about a new Russian protest video and the music video (in Russian but it's really cool)

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