Massive peaceful demonstrations continued in Russia following the December 4, 2011 parliamentary elections without interference from the authorities.
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Massive peaceful demonstrations continued in Russia following the December 4, 2011 parliamentary elections without interference from the authorities. On December 24, over 100,000 protestors gathered at Sakharov Avenue in central Moscow calling for free and fair elections and governmental accountability. As they had two weeks earlier, demonstrators wore white ribbons and carried white flowers and balloons, symbolizing the peaceful nature of the protest. Protest leaders announced they would continue to hold peaceful rallies in Moscow and other cities until the Kremlin meets their demands. The authorities’ response to the rallies will be of paramount importance as the March 4, 2012 presidential election draws closer. Human Rights Watch will continue to monitor these developments.