Thousands join human chain protest against Putin

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Thousands of Russians have formed a human chain in Moscow in what’s thought to be the largest protest against Vladimir Putin since he rose to power 12-years ago.

With only a week to go before the presidential elections, the demonstrators linked around the city’s Garden Ring Road to show their dissatisfaction with the man’s who’s dominated the country’s political scene, despite stepping aside to become prime minister.

“I want to show that we do not accept what is happening with the elections in our country. All we want is fair elections, simple and honest elections,”

“We want our children to have a decent future that’s why we are here.”

Sergei Parkhomenko, co-founder of the “League of Electors”: “We can’t treat such a huge amount of people like this. Look around – what we see is not just a hundred of crazy enthusiasts. We can’t pretend that someone is behind all of this. Who controlls this rally? Who has organised it? Who are the organisers? No-one. It organised itself. People came here because they believed that it was the right thing to do.”

Putin is all but certain to win the presidential election, but the protest illustrates growing anger among relatively well-off voters, according to our Moscow correspondent, Alexander Sashkov.