December 11, 2011

THE CLOTHES WITH NO EMPEROR VS THE KING WITH NO CLOTHES:

Protests Swell Across Russia (GREGORY L. WHITE, WILLIAM MAULDIN, ALAN CULLISON and OLGA RAZUMOVSKAYA, 12/10/11, WSJ)

Tens of thousands took to the streets in cities across Russia on Saturday to protest alleged vote-rigging in what observers said were the largest antigovernment demonstrations in at least a decade.

Dozens arrested across Russia as opposition party calls for mass rallies around the country. Video courtesy of Reuters.

The huge display of popular anger raised the pressure on the Kremlin, which has so far dismissed the postelection discontent as instigated by the U.S. to undermine the Kremlin. But there was no sign that the authorities were willing to even consider opponents' demands for new elections or a full recount of the disputed Dec. 4 parliamentary vote.

Opposition leaders vowed to keep up the pressure with more demonstrations in a bid to disrupt Mr. Putin's chances in March presidential elections, when he was planning to secure a six-year term in office.

One opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov wrote in Twitter late Saturday that "We will gather millions" at demonstrations planned for Dec. 17, 18 and 24. "Putin has no choice--in March everyone will see that the king has no clothes."

Of course liberalization is an American plot. 

Posted by at December 11, 2011 7:14 AM
  

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