Posted on February 19, 2012 - by Venik
Demonstrators flying white ribbons and balloons drive in circle around central Moscow to demand free elections
Hundreds of protesters drove cars in a circle around central Moscow on Sunday to demand that Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, allow free elections in Russia.
As they travelled along the wide Garden Ring, which makes a 10-mile loop around the Kremlin, the cars flew the white ribbons and balloons that have become a symbol of the peaceful anti-Putin protest movement.
The demonstration took place two weeks before a presidential election that Putin is expected to win.
None of the four challengers to him poses a serious threat, but Putin does need to get a majority of the vote to avoid a runoff.
A similar protest in support of Putin – and aimed at countering the opposition protests – drew at least 2,000 cars late on Saturday.
Putin’s supporters have been trying to show that they too can bring people out on to the street.