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Clever Moscow Protest Signs

Russian protesters who gathered on December 10 in Moscow and other cities created some amusing signs to demand their votes be heard, recounted, or given back. Some of them also featured clever plays on words to avoid using profanity for which they might be arrested and prosecuted for insulting officials.

"Against the party of swindlers and thieves" is a common reference to the ruling United Russia party, with its bear logo.
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"Against the party of swindlers and thieves" is a common reference to the ruling United Russia party, with its bear logo.

"Who are all these people? We didn't vote for them," with pictures of President Dmitry Medvedev and Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov.
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"Who are all these people? We didn't vote for them," with pictures of President Dmitry Medvedev and Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov.

"Swindlers and thieves, give back the elections!"
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"Swindlers and thieves, give back the elections!"

"I didn't vote for these bastards" next to United Russia logo, "I voted for other bastards" next to logo of Yabloko and other opposition parties, "I demand a recount!"
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"I didn't vote for these bastards" next to United Russia logo, "I voted for other bastards" next to logo of Yabloko and other opposition parties, "I demand a recount!"

"Abide by the constitution, bleat!" with the last word being a play on a common profanity. 
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"Abide by the constitution, bleat!" with the last word being a play on a common profanity. 

"Where there's sin, they laugh" alongside images on Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.
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"Where there's sin, they laugh" alongside images on Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.

"Education reform" next to the United Russia logo, but with the bear replaced by a monkey.
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"Education reform" next to the United Russia logo, but with the bear replaced by a monkey.

"Where's my vote, magician?"
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"Where's my vote, magician?"

"The mafia stole our votes!" with a play on a vulgar term commonly used as slang for "steal."
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"The mafia stole our votes!" with a play on a vulgar term commonly used as slang for "steal."

"Enough lying!"
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"Enough lying!"

We believe, we hope, we wait" below an image of Lenin's Mausoleum with Putin's name on it.
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We believe, we hope, we wait" below an image of Lenin's Mausoleum with Putin's name on it.

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