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Russia Opposition Demands End to Monopoly

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TEHRAN, May 18 (ICANA) – No to the monopoly of the United Russia party. Under this slogan hundreds of protesters gathered on Pushkin Square Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 9:33:22 PM
Russia Opposition Demands End to Monopoly

They blamed the ruling party for bureaucracy and many of the country's economic and social woes.

The event was organized by several human rights and opposition movements.

They demanded fair elections, the registration of opposition parties and an end to the media censorship.

This rally was the first in the campaign “For Russia Without United Russia” launched by the opposition in Moscow.

The organizers were calling on the other regions of the country to support the initiative.


In the past opposition rallies often resulted in clashes with police and detention of activists.

Now, the opposition is looking for a change of strategy and attracting more people by a concert.

Analysts doubt the new strategy can help the opposition win people's support, as political apathy is rising among Russians.

In February, the rating of United Russia dropped to a four-year low of less than 50 percent.

Earlier president Medvedev urged the ruling party to be more efficient.

Opposition leaders vow more rallies in the run-up to the parliamentary elections later this year.

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