The biggest opposition protests for many years continue in Russia.
Despite a show of force by Russian police who it’s reported have arrested more than a thousand people in the crackdown since the election on Sunday.
The protest movement gained an unlikely supporter as the last president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev said the election was unfair, and called for a re-run.
Meanwhile, high profile blogger Alexei Navalny was in Moscow appealing his arrest:
“In this trial, they don’t question the witnesses, and don’t accept evidence, they aren’t accepting video or audio recordings, photos, and so on. So it’s hard to even call this a trial.”
Pro – Rally
As well as opposition protests there have also been a well organised pro-Kremlin rallies since Sunday, with many gathering to wave flags and show support for United Russia who won a slim majority.
In the midst of it all, Vladimir Putin has now signed the official papers to declare himself a presidential candidate for next years election.