1. RUSSIA

    Tens of Thousands Rally in Moscow

    Protesters hold a red banner reads as "Rot Front" shouting anti-Putin slogans during a mass rally to protest against alleged vote rigging in Russia's parliamentary elections in Moscow,  Russia, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, with the Kremlin is the background. Russians angered by allegedly fraudulent parliamentary elections and the country's ruling party took part in protests Saturday in cities from the freezing Pacific Coast to the southwest, eight time zones away, a striking show of indignation that poses a challenge to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's hold on power.Protests took place in at least 15 cities, most them attracting crowds of several hundred to a thousand. And the day's centerpiece was yet to take place — a massive rally in Moscow that was expected to gather more than 30,000 people. ( AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP Photo

    It looks like Russia's attempts to deter protesters from coming out today haven't succeeded. As many as 50,000 protesters gathered in Moscow to protest alleged fraud by Vladimir Putin's party in Sunday's vote. Police are out in force as well: At least 50,000 police have been deployed in Moscow to control the rally, which is relegated to a small island south of the Kremlin. The protest is the largest since the fall of the Soviet Union, but it is unclear whether it will be large enough to truly trouble Putin, who is expected to win the presidency in March.

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