Conflict & Justice

Russians Plan Another Protest March


Protesters gathered in central Moscow Saturday to express their discontent with recent parliamentary elections. (Photo: VOA - Yuli Weeks/Wikipedia)

Russia's president tried to soothe tensions in the country Thursday with promises of reform.

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In his last State of the Nation speech as president, Dmitry Medvedev outlined several steps to simplify Russian election rules and give voters more power.

The promises come just two days ahead of the next big demonstrations in Moscow.

Thousands of people are expected to protest Sunday against alleged fraud in the parliamentary elections earlier this month.

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks to Julia Ioffe, Foreign Policy magazine Moscow correspondent, about the unrest in Russia ahead of a big opposition rally planned for Saturday.