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Quiet after the storm - official silence after Russia protests

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Quiet after the storm - official silence after Russia protests


The day after thousands of Russians demonstrated against perceived electoral fraud during last week’s ballot, authorities seem to have no official response.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the target of much of the protesters’ anger, said the premier had no statement.

Saturday’s demonstrations showed mass resentment of Putin’s United Russia Party, as different opposition groups came together.

“There is a lot of injustice. Laws are not working properly. Ordinary people are simply not protected.

Young people have a lot of problems in their lives,” said one woman outside a church in Moscow.

Another Moscow resident agreed that there are a lot of problems in Russian society, and said it was very important to fix them through consent – perhaps hinting his thoughts on United Russia’s election results.

In more than 14 cities across the country, thousands took to the streets in anti-government rallies on Saturday to voice their concern about ballot-rigging.

One United Russia Party official said the fifty thousand demonstrators in Moscow were not much for a city with millions of people.

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