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Topic - Anna Arutiunova
Russia's president on Sunday ordered an investigation of electoral fraud in last week's parliamentary elections after thousands of protesters rallied against the election results in the most massive demonstrations in the country's post-Soviet history.
"Russians are demanding respect for their basic rights," said Anna Arutiunova, executive editor of the Russia Profile website. "Freedom of choice, the ability to gather and protest, respect for the law. ... Before you start criticizing policy, you need to first fight for the ability to criticize."