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Moscow Police Say 15,000 Protesters Gather in City Center

December 10, 2011

Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The Moscow police said 15,000 people had gathered at Bolotnaya Square in the city center to protest alleged fraud in the Dec. 4 elections in which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia gained a majority in parliament.

The police may clear people from the Luzhkov Bridge, a walkway near the square for fear it would collapse under the weight of the crowd, according to a statement on its website today. The square is on an island just south of the Kremlin.

Ilya Ponomarev, a State Duma deputy for Just Russia and one of the protest organizers, told the crowd at Bolotnaya Square that about 40,000 people had arrived and more were expected.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow at iarkhipov@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Torrey Clark at tclark8@bloomberg.net


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