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Russia: Huge anti-Putin demonstrations could alter presidential elections in March.

Europe Security News. Huge anti Putin demonstrations in Moscow on Christmas Eve.

Tens of thousands of citizens converged in Moscow on Saturday for the second huge antigovernment demonstration in a month, an early victory for activists struggling to forge a burst of energy into a political force capable of challenging Vladimir Putin’s power. The organizers said 120.000 demonstrators, instead the Russian Police calculated the crowd in 30.000.

If the movement sustains its intensity, it could alter the course of the presidential election in March, when Mr. Putin plans to extend his stretch as the country’s dominant figure to an eventual 18 years.


Europe Security News. Remarkable Photo of Moscow Anti-Putin Demontsration, Saturday, December 10th

On Saturday, for the first time, two high-level figures connected to the Kremlin were at the demonstration: Former Finance Minister Aleksei L. Kudrin, a former member of Mr. Putin’s inner circle and the billionaire Mikhail D. Prokhorov.