Putin Promises Russians Bigger Say In Politics


Salon Staff
February 6, 2012 12:18PM (UTC)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is running for a third term as president, is promising Russians a bigger say in politics.

In an article published in the Kommersant daily on Monday, Putin said the government must turn around its institutions to accommodate the increasingly vocal civil society.

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Putin admitted that the government is lagging behind the willingness of people to take part in decision-making.

Putin, who was Russia's president in 2000-2008, is facing a wave of public discontent over widespread election fraud in the Dec. 4 parliamentary election. Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Russian cities since December. Sunday's protest in Moscow drew as many as 120,000 people despite temperatures plummeting to 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 degrees Celsius).


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