Thousands Attend Anti-Putin Rally

    Image #: 17049851    epa03121306 Opposition leaders Garry Kasparov (2-L), Alexey Navalny (C) and Sergey Udaltsov (R) take part in an opposition rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, 25 February 2012. Several thousands people took part in a march demanding fair elections and protesting against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's rule. Putin runs for a third presidential term at the upcoming president elections scheduled on 04 March 2012.  EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV /LANDOV

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    Thousands marched in St. Petersburg against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s likely return to the Russian presidency in the March 4 elections. The demonstration held a large symbolic meaning since St. Petersburg is Putin’s hometown and the country’s second-largest city. Thousands are planning to demonstrate in Moscow on Sunday as well. “The event on March 4 cannot be called an election,” said Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny. The crowd chanted “Russia without Putin” and “Putin is a thief” while police helicopters flew overhead. Putin served the maximum two terms as president before handing over the role to his hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, four years ago—but Putin angered the country when he announced last year that he would switch jobs with Medvedev as if it were a foregone conclusion.

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