December 10, 2011
The demands were repeated at rallies across the country in the largest public show of discontent since the fall of the Soviet Union 20 years ago.
In Moscow, organisers claimed up to 150,000 people attended the protests in Bolotnaya Square, which is across the river from the Kremlin. Crowds were heard chanting “Russia without Putin”.
Protests are believed to have taken place in up to 50 cities, including St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, where 7,000 people were reported to have gathered.