Fresh from nominating veteran leader, Gennady Zyuganov as their candidate for next year’s presidential vote, Russia’s Communist party has been rallying in central Moscow.
Although the Communists did not back last weekend’s mass protests over the recent general election, they too believe there was widespread fraud.
Zuganov told the crowd: “All those who stole votes, they didn’t just steal votes. They took power. And so this means they are government criminals with no immunity. Everything will be examined and the criminals will be punished. They will be punished.”
Despite the accusations of ballot stuffing, Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party saw its majority in the Duma slashed from two thirds to just 13 seats.
Communist placards on Sunday mocked the ruling tandem of Prime Minister Putin and President Dimitry Medvedev.
And a major opposition rally is planned for Christmas Eve.