Dec. 9 - Russia's ruling United Russia party wins parliamentary election by a slim majority with opposition groups calling thousands to join in a mass protest. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
The final results in Russia's parliamentary election are out. The ruling United Russia party has won by a slim majority with 49.32 percent of the vote. This shows the growing discontent with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's rule and the political system he has dominated for 12 years. Russian opposition groups are taking to the streets against what they call a mass election fraud. They are calling on thousands to join them in a peaceful mass protest planned for Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) MOSCOW RESIDENT ANDREI TATISHCHEV SAYING (Russian): "These ribbons symbolise another eruption of people's outrage against what was happening during all of these days, all this lawlessness of authorities." On December 5, 5000 people participated in the largest opposition protest in Moscow in years. About 1000 people have been detained by police since last Sunday but this is not discouraging one protester. (SOUNDBITE) STUDENT YEVDOKIA SAYING (Russian): "Yes, I will go tomorrow, and I realise quite clearly that I might not come back home, but I will still go because my heart aches for Russia." Thousands are expected to turn up with over 30,000 people confirming their attendance of the demo on Facebook. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters