Huge meetings are expected across Russia to protest the fraudulent election, which still gave United Russia less than 50 per cent of the vote. Rank incompetence. 30,000 have signified that they will turn out in Moscow and the Deputy Mayor gave permission to hold the meeting on Bolotnaya Ploschad', just across the river from the Kremlin. Here is a video of people arriving. The text is in Russian but the numbers can be seen. Meetings are expected in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and other cities. Will Putin be able to bring this discontent under control by the time of the presidential election in March, the traditional month of uprisings?