Tens of thousands of Russians marched in bitter cold Moscow on Saturday to stand up against Putin's control.
Reports by the Washington Post, say that the protestors "have few illusions that they can drive Putin from power now, but for the first time in years Russians are challenging his control and demanding that their voices be heard."
Put was president from 2000-2008. When he was unable to take presidency for a third term because of laws against it, he was made prime minister but remained in main control.
The anti-Putin protestors have been connected largely through social networking sites and is driven mainly by the educated and urban middle class.
Police said over 130,000 supporters of Putin rallied just a few kilometers away, reports MSNBC.
The two hour peaceful protests, complete with signs saying "we are frozen in solidarity" and "they froze our democracy", was monitered by police without intervention.