Saturday, December 24, 2011

Reporting From Moscow

"More than 100,000 people took to the streets Saturday in the biggest show of protest in Russia's capital since the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
"Russia without Putin!" the crowd chanted as it protested alleged election fraud during the recent parliamentary vote that saw Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party garner nearly 50% of the vote.
Many in the crowd said they were fed up with Putin, who served as president for eight years beginning in 2000 and is now seeking a return to the presidency in an election scheduled for March."
Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, and now huge protests against former KGB official Vladimir Putin and his political party. The boys that make sure they have the power and money around the world probably will always run the game, but the people are letting them know that they are fed up with business as usual. 
A bit of holiday hope.
Read more:      Moscow Protests Against Putin       LA Times
Read more:      The Mafia State in Russia         London Review of Books