Moscow protest: Thousands rally against Vladimir Putin

BBC News reports: “Tens of thousands of people have rallied in central Moscow in a show of anger at alleged electoral fraud.

They passed a resolution ‘not to give a single vote to Vladimir Putin’ at next year’s presidential election.

Protest leader Alexei Navalny told the crowd to loud applause that Russians would no longer tolerate corruption.

‘I see enough people here to take the Kremlin and [Government House] right now but we are peaceful people and won’t do that just yet,’ he said.

Demonstrators say parliamentary elections on 4 December, which were won by Mr. Putin’s party, were rigged. The government denies the accusation.

A sea of demonstrators stretched along Sakharov Avenue, a few miles from the Kremlin, in sub-zero temperatures.

Rallies were taking place across Russia, with the first big protest in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.

At least 28,000 people turned out in the capital, according to the Russian interior ministry, but rally organizers said the true number was around 120,000.

President Dmitry Medvedev announced political reforms this week, but many demonstrators say it is not enough.

They are demanding a re-run of the poll, which was won by Vladimir Putin’s party – but with a much smaller share of the overall vote…” (Will Putin return to becoming the next elected President? Will he become the “Gog of Magog” that leads the world into World War III? We will know March 12th. If he wins, a bloodbath wreaked against the protesters is possible. Regardless of who is elected, I believe Russia is presently preparing for Armageddon – Ezekiel 38:1, 2, 8, 14; 29:1, 2, 12, 13. See the next report.)

Gorbachev Calls on Russia’s Putin to Quit Amid Unrest

Fox News reports: “Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called on Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to resign as tens of thousands of demonstrators cheered opposition leaders and jeered the Krelin in the biggest show of outrage in Putin’s 12-year-rule.

‘I would advise Vladimir Putin to leave now. He has had his three terms: two as president and one as prime minister. Three terms — that is enough,’ Gorbachev told Moscow Echo radio in an interview, reports Sky News.

The Moscow demonstration Saturday [December 24, 2011] was even bigger than a similar rally two weeks ago, signaling that the protest movement ignited by the fraud-tainted Dec. 4 parliamentary election may be growing. Protest were also held in dozens of other cities and towns across Russia.

Rally participants densely packed a broad avenue, which has room for nearly 100,000 people, about 2.5 kilometers (some 1.5 miles) from the Kremlin, as the temperature dipped well below freezing. They chanted ‘Russia without Putin!’

A stage at the end of the 700-meter (0.43 mile) avenue featured placards reading ‘Russia will be free’ and ‘This election Is a farce.’ Heavy police cordons encircled the participants, who stood within metal barriers, and a police helicopter hovered overhead…