February 4th, 2012
05:39 PM ET

Dueling mass rallies held in Moscow

Braving bitter cold, Muscovites in favor of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and those convinced parliamentary election results were rigged took to the streets Saturday.

The dueling rallies were held about six weeks after the last major anti-government demonstrations.

Putin is seeking the presidency in the March elections and will represent his United Russia party.

The move is the latest step toward Putin's reclaiming the presidency after switching to the prime minister's office because of a law barring him from serving more than two consecutive terms as president.

Russia's third-richest man, billionaire New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, is running against him.

Joining tens of thousands of marchers, Prokhorov told CNN Saturday the protesters "are my potential voters. And I will do my best to help them to live in an open, competitive Russia."

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  1. chrissy

    Lmao so true bobcat, even though i think banasy would make a wonderful POTUS, i wouldnt wish that job on my worst enemy! And ur mom is one lucky lady TORI, i would practically kill for a jaccuzi!

    February 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Stop with the petty name calling.
    It completely negates any positive points one makes in a post.

    February 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Well all my friends, it's time for this ole cat to head out.
    Ya'll have a puuurrrfectly great night. I'll talk at you guys tomorrow.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. hamsta

    @ chrissy no the most useless congress in history was the democratic congress during the bush presidency that forced the banks to make bad loans and started all this socialist bailout crap.this is the second most useless congress and the only thing that made it any better than the previous liberal democratic congress is the republican majority that stands in the way of the insane spending of obama and his socialist elite that like to call themselves democrats.they are wolves in sheeps clothing for socialism by definition is the enemy of democracy and democrats borrow their name from democracy so they have created the parodox of an oxymoron.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Have a good one bobcat and ty banasy! I knew you would know what i was saying and thank goodness someone did cuz i cant draw pictures on my phone! And no hamsta, its not an Obama phone!

    February 5, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. hamsta

    @bobcat i have a better idea-send all the socialists to greece and cuba where they will be happy and return america to her former glory and i will be happy.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Someone who favors anarchy isn't exactly a person who should be speaking about matters of the government, since they don't believe in one.
      That's like asking an atheist to lead a Bible study...and there's another oxymoron for those who are keeping track.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Hamsta, youre not convincing me sorry!

    February 5, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Good night, Rawr.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Good nite TORI and banasy time for me to call it a day!

    February 5, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    One who uses words that they don't know the meaning of are called...what is that word....

    February 5, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Gn chrissy.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Congrats cnn moderators, by deleting 70+ posts you have ruined this thread, particularly since you used no ryhme or reason in that method! Now the ones that you left make absolutely no sense! You shoulda erased all of them!

    February 5, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
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