Record numbers of demonstrators have turned out in Russia. In Moscow alone, 70,000 people attended rallies, according to organisers. They say that 2.5 million people demonstrated across the country, the largest turn-out since the fall of communism.
With the ruble losing nearly 40% of its value, and with unemployment soaring, the economic crisis has swelled numbers. Several thousand communists marched to the statue of Karl Marx waving red banners. Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov set out his demands: “We insist on nationalising natural resources and strategic industry. Without this it is impossible to get out of the crisis.” Extreme right wing groups including the Movement Against Immigration did not receive permission to demonstrate but ignored the ban and joined official rallies.