December 14th, 2011
08:10 AM ET

Putin ally to quit Russia parliament post, report says

A close ally of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is stepping down as the speaker of the lower house of Russia's parliament, he announced Wednesday, according to the Russian state news agency.

Boris Gryzlov will retain his executive position in Putin's United Russia party, RIA Novosti reported.

The resignation comes after allegations of fraud in parliamentary elections earlier this month led to the largest anti-government demonstrations Russia has seen in two decades.


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  1. Scottish Mama

    Putin on the Ritz. lol Fraud in voting, no kidding? Who'd a thunk it.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Lmao, Scottish!

    December 14, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    @Banasy, have you seen the Putin with his shirt off, yeeeeesh. Poke me eyes out, please.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    @Scottish: no, and now I definitely don't want to...there's enough ugly in the world...lmao!

    December 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Of course that begs the question, Scottish, where did *you* see him?

    December 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    In the bar banasy

    December 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    December 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |