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Unrest Dozens Arrested in Putin Protests Denis Sinyakov / Reuters-Landov

Dozens Arrested in Putin Protests

Thousands are rallying in Moscow to accuse Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin of stealing Sunday's election, chanting "Shame!" A day after he choked up celebrating his highly-contested victory, Putin ordered 12,000 police to surround the city and brace for the protests. Dozens have been arrested as the opposition demanded a new election. Russian state TV also claimed that a man was arrested for allegedly planning to set off bombs at Monday and Tuesday rallies. Russia’s election commission says Putin won more than 63 percent of the vote, with his closest rival getting just more than 17 percent. But Golos, an independent election watchdog, said the polls could not be considered fair, and there have been numerous reports of people casting multiple ballots. Second-place finisher Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communist Party, who has previously been loyal to Putin, called the elections "unfair and unworthy." Putin has asked Vladimir Churov, the elections chief known as “The Magician,” to conduct an investigation.

March 5, 2012 11:06 AM