Putin Denounces Rivals Accusing Him of Fraud
Unrest in Russia after Putin wins a third term, but did he win fraudulently? BusinessWeek reports…
Thousands of protesters rallied in central Moscow’s Pushkin Square the day after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed victory in a presidential election that international observers said was unfair.
More than 200 people were detained, some at unsanctioned rallies in other parts of Moscow, Interfax reported, citing an unidentified police official. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was held along with activists Ilya Yashin and Sergei Udaltsov, it said. The Moscow police press office couldn’t immediately confirm the number or identity of those arrested.
“Putin threw down a challenge to us all,” Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of the pro-democracy Yabloko party, told the Pushkin Square gathering, estimated by organizers at 20,000 people. “From this moment on, the real battle starts.”