Transcript for Vladimir Putin Faces Protest in Moscow
In Moscow a different kind of anxiety for Russian prime minister Vladimir -- growing protests against his long rule as he prepares to run for president again. A huge crowd jammed -- Moscow avenue today to call for free elections and change at the Kremlin. ABC's Jeffrey Kaufmann is in the Russian capital this evening. If Vladimir -- thought he could make another election and secure himself a third term as Russian president this route has the message for him and -- is not. Settle these -- Says. -- way. What a huge -- it is perhaps a 100000. People shivering for hours and that piercing cold of Russia's winter. To make sure their voices. Will be heard. Russia without Putin may trip over and over the -- realize that you know there. He -- like -- news. And that no one wants to be -- from the last straw for Russia's famously passive people. Came earlier this month during parliamentary elections that Russian and international observers say were riddled with fraud. And who himself has eliminated all truly effective opposition. So he is virtually guarantee -- election in early march. And is often fond of saying why shouldn't I run for president again after all Franklin Roosevelt ran four times you. But what he felt that is that after Roosevelt the US house but 42 amendment recognizing that two terms that is more than enough. And too much for this crowd. Complained that corruption is so pervasive who has destroyed their country. People who used to be afraid of being beaten or jailed for attending protests like this. -- today. Now everything together -- -- here. And that's the name yeah. And look at that ominous sign in the crowd -- next in the -- is now dead dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Has the Russian winter that the Arab Spring. Jeffrey Kaufmann ABC news Moscow.
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