June 12th, 2012
09:07 AM ET

Russia protesters demand Putin's resignation

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in Moscow on Tuesday, rejecting the legitimacy of President Vladimir Putin and demanding new elections, a prominent opposition leader said.

"We believe that his presidency right now is not legitimate at all," former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov told CNN from the rally.

The elections in March that returned Putin to the presidency after four years as prime minister "were not free, they were not fair and the results were not credible," Kasyanov said.

The only thing that Putin should do now is "sit with us on a round table and discuss the terms and conditions of his departure," Kasyanov said.

International observers said in March that the elections did not meet international standards. The presidential election came just months after allegations of fraud in parliamentary elections prompted the largest anti-government demonstrations Russia had seen in two decades.

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  1. Pete

    Let Putin wrestle a bear thats a known killer,then he'll serve two purposes,lunch for the bear and laughs,entertainment for his opposition,that's cheap thrills,isn't it!!!

    June 12, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. saywhat

    During Putin's first term as president Russia was clearly seen siding politically with the West.
    The dynamics have changed with our open ended military interventions right at their door step, our plans to deploy defense shields in former USSR bloc countries, the Iran and Syria issues. All of this makes Russia feel threatened.
    No wonder we see China-Russia alliance emerging.
    I have doubts though that these protests would work to remove him.

    June 12, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JerseyJeff

    The fact is, Putin is in power for this term now, but what shocks me is the level of insecurity that the Russian government feels. They crack down on protesters and opposition with laws that charge them $9000 for illegally protesting (ave income/yr $8600) and then shake down the political opposition the day before a scheduled march. Makes them look weak and insecure. These people pose no immediate threat, only in the next election (if it's fair) if Putin keeps treating political opposition and protesters as traitors and criminals.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. saywhat

    @Jersey Jeff
    Govts everywhere now feel threatened by protests of any kind.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. madmaninthemiddle

    They have as much chance of getting him to give up power as a Hari Krishna would have recruiting Donald Trump.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. CraxCrax

    Tough Russian summer. LOL
    Actually this footage is from one of the winter actions. It's not that cold in Moscow now.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse | Reply

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