Since december 4th 2011 and the legislative election, suspected of massive fraud, a protest movement has spread across Russia. Even though the opposition to the regime is nothing new, it is the first time in 20 years that as many people of all ages and background have gathered in the streets of the main cities.
After Bolotnaya Square, at the beginning of the movement, the opposition has chosen Pushkin Square: on march 5th, the day after the presidential election, 20.000 protesters have gathered there, before being violently chased from it by the anti riots police. During 10 days, the square has been closed to avoid any possibility of gathering, but dozens of protesters have continued to go there and often, have been arrested.
On march 10th, another protest has gathered about 15.000 people on Novy Arbat street, in the center of Moscow. But the following protest, not authorized, in the evening, that was to take place on Pushkin Square would be blocked by the police.