Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met on Monday with the leaders of several unregistered parties, including organizers of recent mass rallies for fair elections Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Ryzhkov, and Sergey Udaltsov, and discussed with them the course of political reforms in the country. The time for change has arrived, said Medvedev, who is not running for re-election in the March 4 vote. In turn, the oppositionists shared with Medvedev their views on political reforms and gave him a list of political prisoners (including, e.g., Mikhail Khodorkovsky) the oppositionists suggest that he pardon. Udaltsov also presented to Medvedev "as evidence of the growing crisis" a sole torn from MP Ilya Ponomaryov's shoe by pro-Kremlin activists. On Monday State Duma's deputy Ponomaryov was attacked by activists of pro-Kremlin youth movements and policemen in the Moscow mayor's office. According to the legislator, he was attacked as he insisted on the observance of the law when both the "For Fair Elections" organizing committee and the pro-Kremlin activists submitted applications to hold their mass post-election meetings at the same place, the Lubyanka Square. Although oppositionists were first in the line outside the building, the pro-Kremlin activists were let in the mayor’s office through a back door and were first to submit their application, which may mean that they will obtain the permission, and the oppositionists will not.
http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/1877707 (video: Medvedev)
http://echo.msk.ru/blog/mnog/860661-echo/ (video: Ponomarev's sole)