It looks like Russia's attempts to deter protesters from coming out today haven't succeeded. As many as 50,000 protesters gathered in Moscow to protest alleged fraud by Vladimir Putin's party in Sunday's vote. Police are out in force as well: At least 50,000 police have been deployed in Moscow to control the rally, which is relegated to a small island south of the Kremlin. The protest is the largest since the fall of the Soviet Union, but it is unclear whether it will be large enough to truly trouble Putin, who is expected to win the presidency in March.
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