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Demonstrators denounce Russia's political 'tandem'

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Two weeks after the last mass protest in Moscow, protesters are still seething over Russia’s two-man leadership.

Giving her name as Daria, one woman accused Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev of “openly and unashamedly lying to the people and the Internet community.”

“You can show everything on TV,” she said to Russia’s authorities, “but we see the reality.”

Rallies on a smaller scale were held nationwide on Saturday, denouncing the official poll victory of Putin’s United Russia party.

“I am enraged by the falsifications during the elections,” said pensioner Natalya Solovyova in St. Petersburg. “The people from United Russia who were elected are not legitimate. They actually stole the votes of people who did not vote for them. I got angry and that is why I am here.”

Protesters were heartened by the Kremlin’s own human rights council saying a new election should be held although it is only an advisory body whose recommendations are regularly ignored by Russia’s leaders.