The protesters shouted "Russia without Putin" and "New elections, New elections" as one speaker after another called for an end to Putin’s 12-year domination of the country at the second big opposition rally in two weeks in central Moscow.
"Do you want Putin to return to the presidency?" novelist Boris Akunin asked from a large stage. Whistling and jeering, protesters chanted: "No!"
Witnesses said at least as many people turned out as at the last big Moscow rally on Dec. 10 to protest against alleged vote-rigging in the Dec. 4 election won by Putin’s United Russia party.