Anti-Putin Protests Wither

Ivan Sekretarev / AP

Opposition protesters hold a poster depicting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and reading "12 more years, thank you - no!", center, and "Putin, you're a hemorrhoid for my country!", right of center, as they gather in center of Moscow during a rally, Russia, Saturday, March 10, 2012. More than 20,000 protesters flocked to a central Moscow avenue Saturday to demand Vladimir Putin's resignation and protest electoral fraud, but the crowd's relatively small size compared to recent protests suggested the country's opposition movement has lost some momentum. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Since Vladimir Putin won the presidential election in Russia, opposition activists have continued to gather at demonstrations against him, but in far fewer numbers than before. A protest outside the Kremlin on Saturday drew a crowd of only between 10,000 and 20,000 people—a far cry from the 100,000 who were showing up in December. One reporter tweeted, “My estimate—after seeing our high show—is that between 10 and 20 thousand people were at today’s Moscow protest—big numbers have gone.”