Live Webcast From Moscow Protest Against Putin

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Time to add another focal point to the ever larger matrix of geopolitical chokepoints. As this live webcast from Moscow shows, where several hundred protestors are shouting "Russia Without Putin" things in Russia, in the aftermath of the recently completed parliamentary elections which saw Putin's party lose substantial popular support, are heating up. Will the government respond, as it sometimes tends to do, with a crack down on protesters? Stay tune and find out.

 

And some more from BBC:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has played down his party's losses at Sunday's parliamentary election as inevitable for a party in power.

 

Thousands of police and interior troops are on alert in Moscow, after one of the biggest opposition rallies in the city centre for years.

 

Police made 300 arrests as protesters chanted "Russia without Putin".

 

Among those held was Alexei Navalny, a top anti-corruption campaigner and fierce critic of Mr Putin.

 

A counter-demonstration by Putin supporters was held beside Red Square on Tuesday amid reports that opposition supporters were planning a new protest.

 

Observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) say Sunday's election was slanted in favour of Mr Putin's party, United Russia.

 

United Russia won the election with just under 50% of the vote, a sharp drop in its support.

 

Correspondents say the result reflects Mr Putin's declining popularity ahead of his bid for the Russian presidency in March.