After thousands of Russians took to the streets to demand a rerun of last week’s parliamentary elections, the president has now ordered an investigation into allegations of voting fraud.
Dmitry Medvedev announced the inquiry on Facebook. But the site immediately received thousands of comments showing voters clearly felt that was an inadequate response.
Political Analyst, Dmitry Oreshkin said:
“He didn’t say to whom he gave the order. Did he give orders to a firefighting squad….an ambulance or maybe the Emergencies Ministry? If it’s the Election Commission, that means it’s investigating itself at a time when people are expressing their mistrust.”
But the protesters have demanded much more than just an investigation. They want the commission’s head sacked, the registration of opposition parties and a second poll.
They are also calling for an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule and his tight political controls.
Protesters intend to hold another day of demonstrations on December 24.