- Associated Press - Sunday, February 19, 2012

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of cars circled central Moscow on Sunday to demand that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin allow free elections in Russia.

As they travel along the wide Garden Ring, which makes a nearly 10-mile loop around the Kremlin, the cars were flying the white ribbons and balloons that have become a symbol of the peaceful anti-Putin protest movement.

The demonstration took place two weeks before the presidential election that Mr. Putin is expected to win. None of the four challengers to him poses a serious threat, but Mr. Putin does need to get a majority of the vote to avoid a runoff.

A similar protest in support of Mr. Putin drew at least 2,000 cars late Saturday.

Mr. Putin‘s supporters have been trying to counter the opposition protests by showing that they, too, can bring people out into the streets.


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