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    Dozens Arrested in Putin Protests

    Image #: 17157177    Opposition supporters gather before a protest demanding fair elections in central Moscow March 5, 2012. International monitors said Russia's presidential election was clearly skewed to favour Vladimir Putin, a verdict that could spur protesters planning to take to the streets to challenge his right to rule.   REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CIVIL UNREST)         REUTERS /DENIS SINYAKOV /LANDOV

    Denis Sinyakov / Reuters-Landov

    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.

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