Putin's win comes amid cries of fraud and streets of Moscow flooded with protesters

March 5, 2012

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Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin, center, meets with his campaign activists in Moscow on 2/29/12

Vladimir Putin won another victory in yesterday’s presidential elections in Russia.  Putin, who has been either president or prime minister for the past 12 years, was expected to win.  Putin's victory comes with widespread allegations of fraud – by international observers and his opponents. And earlier today, thousands of Russians gathered in central Moscow to denounce what they feel was a skewed election.

Journalist Julia Ioffe was there.  She’s the Russia correspondent for The New Yorker magazine and Foreign Policy.