December 15, 2011

Russia election: Putin accepts 'lawful' protests

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said protests over alleged fraud at this month's election are acceptable if demonstrators stay within the law.
He said he would ask for web cameras to be installed at all polling stations in time for the March presidential election as a precaution against fraud.
But insisted the results had reflected the balance of political forces.
Mr Putin, who is standing for president himself, was speaking in an annual televised live chat with the nation.
"I saw on television mostly young, active people clearly expressing their positions - I am pleased to see this," he said, after protests on Saturday which saw 50,000 people turn out in Moscow alone.

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