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Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Monday, February 27, 2012

Russians want more democracy

The growing protests against President Putin are making it clear that the citizens are no longer willing to be pushed around, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet comments: "Many Russians have realised how the system works and they have had enough of it. The mass demonstrations send a clear message. Next Sunday Putin will very likely be able to call himself president after the first round of elections. But he is not a real victor. There will no doubt be reports of election rigging - even if perhaps not on the same scale as with the parliamentary elections. … Because the regimes control the key media and can oppress the opposition with legal means the election is no true indicator of the political situation. It is simply not fair. Russia is not a true democracy. But the genie has escaped from the bottle and Putin won't be able to get the cork back in. Russian politics has woken up."

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