|The Election Was A Fraud; Why Not Putin Himself?|
Putin scored a first round knockout with almost 65% of the vote according to initial results from the majority of polling stations, with his main rival the Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov a distant second.
|Protesters In Moscow's Pushkin Square|
|Voting Fraud was seen In December|
"These elections cannot be considered legitimate in any way," Vladimir Ryzhkov, one of the leaders of the protest movement, told state television after the results were announced.
Prokhorov surprised protesters at Pushkin Square by taking the stage, promising to found a new party and continue the fight. Many had questioned whether Prokhorov was independent or running in league with the Kremlin.