The LA Times reports:
In the largest show of public discontent since President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration last May, thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Moscow to protest a new law banning the adoption of Russian orphans by U.S. families.
The crowd, holding portraits of Putin and about 600 lawmakers who voted for the controversial bill, filled Moscow’s Boulevard Ring, a procession that resembled old-time Communist May Day celebrations. In this case, though, the portraits had the word “shame” written across the faces. At the end of the route, the portraits were dumped into a huge garbage bin.
Moscow police, many dressed in bulky overcoats and fur hats, did not interfere with the peaceful march. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Sunday night that “every point of view had a right to exist” but reminded that “the law that came into effect should be regarded as law.”
The adoption law signed by Putin in late December has split Russian society and re-galvanized the Russian protest movement, which fell dormant after Putin took office following a controversial election.