Supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin held a mass rally at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Saturday, ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
“I welcome everyone who gathered here for to rally for a strong Russia, but I want to greet not only those who are in the centre of Moscow today, but all our supporters, throughout this vast country, and there are many such people. That is hundreds of thousands, millions of people. And on this festive, sunny, frosty Moscow day, I want to say that we feel their breath, their elbows and their shoulders beside ours, because together we are a team. We are a team, are we not?”
“We have clear, noble goals. We want to make our country bright and future-oriented, because our ancestors lived here, we live here, and our children live and will live here as well as our grandchildren. We will do our best to make them happy. We will do this, yes? ”
“Except for us, no one will do it, but if we do this, the next decades, the whole of the 21st century will be ours for victories. We will do this, yes?”
Meanwhile, The Guardian seems to think thousands of people were forced to attend: