Russia Besieged By Protesters

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Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets from the far and cold eastern coastline all the way to Red Square, chanting “Russia without Putin!”

Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets from the far and cold eastern coastline all the way to Red Square, chanting “Russia without Putin!”

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  • 1. Russia Besieged By Protesters - Forbes Page 1 of 4Business Investing Tech Entrepreneurs Op/Ed Leadership Lifestyle Lists Help | Login | SignUp Search news, business leaders, and stock quotes Has The Housing Market Wireless Winners And How Not To Get AdVoice: The Social Hit A Bottom? Losers In 2012 Bamboozled Impact Of Cloud Free Issue > Kenneth Rapoza, Contributor Covering Brazil, Russia, India & China. + Follow on ForbesI N V E S TI N G | 12/10/2011 @ 11:23AM | 1,644 viewsRussia Besieged By Protesters 2 comments, 2 called-out + Comment nowTens of thousands of Russians took to the streetsfrom the far and cold eastern coastline all the wayto Red Square, chanting “Russia without Putin!”The protests were promised on Friday byopposition political parties, mainly theCommunist Party, and they delivered. Newsreports said “tens of thousands” were protestingwhat they saw as widespread government backedvoting fraud in the Parliamentary elections onSunday. In the elections, the ruling United Russia party lost 77 seats in the state Duma, taking them out of a full power position which enabled them to change the Russian constitution without needing votes from other parties. The Communist Party, the number two partyA Blogger Could in the Parliament, also known as the Duma, roseStart Russias from around 50 seats to over 90, its biggest jump Most PopularArab Spring since the fall of communism in 1992. NEWS People Places Companies Paul Roderick Gregory Contributor The Communist Party, along with the Liberal Why Best Buy is Going out of Democratic Party and A Just Russia Party all said Business...Gradually +18,108 views that they would have won even more seats in the How To Be More Interesting (In 10Duma if not for voting fraud perpetuated by United Russia. Simple Steps) +17,342 viewsWhile the Russian economy is doing better that it ever has under United Kardashian Klan Still Kashing In (SorryRussia, voters were peeved by the fact that Russian president Dmitry New York Post) +15,920 viewshttp://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/12/10/russia-besieged-by-protesters/ 1/15/2012
  • 2. Russia Besieged By Protesters - Forbes Page 2 of 4Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladmir Putin announced in September that The Seven Habits of Spectacularlythey were essentially changing roles next year. Putin would run for president Unsuccessful Executives +12,200 viewsunder United Russia, a party in which he heads, and Medvedev would likely How To Live A Mind-blowingly Amazingbecome the prime minister. Putin has been in some position of power since Life +9,331 viewsthe time Boris Yeltisin appointed him as prime minister in the late 1990s.Putin later became president of Russia in 2000 and was re-elected four years + show morelater. He is likely to be elected again on March 4, 2012. If it’s not the economythat has people up in arms, what is it? Kenneth Rapoza Contributor“It’s corruption,” said Shan Nair, a business consulting working with clients in + Follow on ForbesRussia. “There is a perception, a very real perception, that the Russiangovernment and the United Russia Party that runs it, is not all that interested I covered Brazil pre-Lula and post-Lula and spentin corruption.” the last five years covering all aspects of the country for Dow Jones, Wall Street Journal and Barrons.People are, however, and the latest round of vote fraud allegations has them Meanwhile, for an undetermined amount of time, and with a little help from my friends, I will bein the streets all week. parachuting into Russia, India and China. (I figure if Anderson Cooper can parachute, I can parachute.)The demonstration is an unprecedented test of Putin’s tolerance for The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressedDemocracy. It is a rare, large-scale display of popular unease with Russian are those of the writer.politics post-Yeltsin. KEN NE TH RAPO Z A’S POPUL AR POST S“United Russia undoubtedly put unofficial pressure on the state governors Obama Heads to Rio Sunday; Maximum Securityand mayors to go and get out the vote,” said Jonathan Harris, a professor of Awaits 314,055 viewspolitical science at the University of Pittsburgh. “We saw similar pressures in Rubber Bullets Fly at Anti-Obama Protest In Rio2007 where there were massive allegations of voter fraud from internal 265,273 viewsmonitors. Western observers weren’t even allowed in the country. You had Earthquake Closes Tokyo Disneyland for 10 Days- Kyodo 41,234 viewsChechnya for example register 99% of their votes back then for United Russia.Unheard of. I think proving fraud is going to be hard.” The Brains Behind Occupy Wall Street 37,167 views Where To Park A Million Dollars (Or $1,000)In Moscow, thousands of protesters waving banners and chanting slogans like 35,972 views“Swindlers and Thieves!” and “Churov Resign!” – references to United Russia MOR E F RO M KENN ET H R APOZ Aand election commission chief Vladimir Churov – converged on a square inthe east side of the city where they had permission to rally.Police estimated the size of the Moscow rally at around 25,000 people.Organizers said it was closer to 40,000. At one moment, the crowd turned inthe direction of the Kremlin and shouted “Putin out!” Kenneth’s News Stream Show all activity (20)Both Medvedev and the Ministry of the Interior have called for a fullinvestigation of video tapes that recorded fraud, like ballot stuffing. Police Comment 3 days ago Im not so sure about that. 40% is impressive. Hewere given until next Thursday to file their full report on their findings. will be the [...] on Romney Has Momentum, But Excitement“When you get a shift like this in popular opinion it is hard to know how all of Another Matterit will reverberate throughout the system,” said Harris. “This could help socialdemocratic parties like Just Russia, but for now, they are all so small in New Post 4 days ago Inside The Ron Paul Primary Partycomparison to United Russia that any change is years away.”See: Thousands Rally Against Putin, Vote Fraud –Associated Press New Post 4 days ago Romney Has Momentum, But Excitement Another Matter 2 comments, 2 called-out + Comment now New Post 4 days ago In New Hampshire, This Guys Everybodys 29 14 3 Buddy Print Report Corrections Request Reprint • • • • •More on Forbes Right Nowhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/12/10/russia-besieged-by-protesters/ 1/15/2012
  • 3. Russia Besieged By Protesters - Forbes Page 3 of 4 F EATUR ES Post How To Be A Social Media SuperpowerT OD AY S TO P STO RI ESDaniel Ek: The Most Important Man InMusic Daniel Ek: The+3004 views Most Important Man In MusicWhy Best Buy is Going out ofBusiness...Gradually+8208 views Your10 Cities Where Real Estate Is Positioned CommentFor A Rebound+3441 viewsLog in to post a comment Dont have an account? Join Forbes Now. Photo Galleries andUsername: MorePassword:Lost your password? Remember me Log in The IPO Class Of 2012Comments Expand All Comments normaward 1 month ago Ten Ways To Pay For Here is an example of misleading information regarding Russia’s recent election and College Right Now demonstrations courtesy of a major television network: http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/12/propaganda-aint-it-great.html Called-out comment Reply Kenneth Rapoza, Contributor 1 month ago Author The Next Wave Of Green Gotta love Fox News. Its what happens when you pay your producers crap. Cars Replyhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/12/10/russia-besieged-by-protesters/ 1/15/2012
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