February 26, 2012
Russians protesting against the likely return of Vladimir Putin as president in elections next weekend have made a final push to show their discontent by forming a human chain around the capital.
Tens of thousands of people turned out in Moscow on Sunday wearing white scarves and ribbons, and carrying white balloons and flowers, the colour and symbols of the protest movement calling for Putin’s removal from power.
For an hour they lined the Garden Ring, a circular road around the city centre, holding hands to form a human chain. The protesters were joined by thousands of motorists who decorated their cars and honked their horns in support as they circled the eight-lane, 10-mile long road.