Moscow Denies Any Crisis

    Protesters gather to protest against alleged vote rigging in Russia's parliamentary elections on Sakharov avenue in Moscow,  Russia, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of demonstrators on Saturday cheered opposition leaders and jeered the Kremlin in the largest protest in the Russian capital so far against election fraud, signaling growing outrage over Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)

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    So it’s that’s simple. Following protests in Moscow that drew up to 100,000 people on Saturday, a spokesman for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that the government will not give in to protesters’ demands, but that they are open to dialogue. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “There are people who are genuinely discontented. But it’s not a crisis, absolutely not.” He added, “We need not to just hear and listen, but there should be an element of dialogue.”

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