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Announcement by Organizers of London Protest, 10 December 2011

posted 8 Dec 2011, 01:03 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Dec 2011, 01:08 ]
On December 10, 2011, thousands of people will be protesting on Russia's streets and squares against what we feel was a grossly unfair representation of our will. Elections to the State Duma (lower chamber of Russian parliament) held on December 4 were marred by an unprecedented and outrageous amount of fraud - well documented by thousands of observers and members of the press - and attempts of censorship against independent media. Ballot boxes were stuffed and observers and journalists unlawfully and sometimes violently ejected from polling stations to prevent them from registering these violations. The announced elections results are heavily biased towards United Russia, the ruling party associated with Russia's ex-president and incumbent prime minister Vladimir Putin. Several hundred people protesting against the fraud in the following days have already been violently detained by the police, some are still in custody. 

We, the Russian residents of the United Kingdom, feel that our votes in the national elections have been stolen and our right for fair political representation violated. We express solidarity with our protesting compatriots back home and all over the world and demand the elections results to be recalculated and all those responsible for the fraud prosecuted. 

The rally in London is taking place between 11 and 3 pm in Old Palace Yard near Parliament Square.,+London,+SW1p&searchp=ids.srf&mapp=map.srf

This will be a static demonstration held in full compliance with requirements put forward by London authorities and the Metropolitan police. Please contact Alexey Kovalev at +447876708154 or for further details.