Moscow’s vast Lushniki stadium was packed to the rafters on Thursday as outgoing prime minister Vladimir Putin held one of his biggest presidential election rallies.
With the vote on the horizon on March 4th the polls say he is on course to win, despite the strong opposition to another Putin reign in the Kremlin.
Putin said the meaning of the rally was clear and simple:
“We came here today in order to say that we love Russia. In order to say it in such a way that the whole country hears us. Therefore I am going to ask you, and I am asking for a unambiguous answer. I am asking you to answer with a simple Yes. Do we love Russia?” he cried.
The answer was loud and clear as the crowd cheered its reply.