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Moscow braced for mass anti-Kremlin protest

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Moscow braced for mass anti-Kremlin protest


Thousands of people will take to the streets of Moscow on Saturday to protest against disputed election results.

A similar demonstration was held two weeks ago amid opposition accusations that the Kremlin fixed a parliamentary poll to hand victory to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.

Anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny spent a fortnight in jail for his role in that protest. He believes United Russia picked up fewer votes than announced and wants the election to be re-run.

In the streets of the Russian capital, Moscow, people say the government should allow the opposition to have demonstrations.

“It is the people’s will. They have the right according to the Constitution to speak out with whatever they want to say, whatever is on their minds,” said one local man.

A video featuring famous Russian actors and writers has gone viral on social networking sites, where the rally has been organised.

According to its own Facebook page, more than 40,000 people will be taking part in the anti-Kremlin demonstration.

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