Medvedev warns against upsetting stability

December 22, 2011 - 5:01 AM
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2011 file photo, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin react as they meet with supporters in Moscow, Russia. President Dmitry Medvedev will make his last state-of-the-nation address on the darkest day of the year. It's inadvertent but appropriate timing for the man whose four years in office may be best remembered for imposing a time change that forces millions of Russians to go to work in the dark. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool-File)

MOSCOW (AP) — President Dmitry Medvedev says the government won't allow "provocateurs and extremists" to upset Russia's stability in the wake of disputed parliamentary elections.

Medvedev's said in his state-of-the nation address Thursday that Russia "needs democracy, not chaos" and that the government would strongly resist any foreign pressure.

Medvedev's statement follows massive rallies against fraud in the Dec. 4 vote, in which the main Kremlin party, United Russia, lost a quarter of seats and barely retained its majority.

A rally in Moscow drew tens of thousands in the largest show of discontent since the 1991 Soviet collapse, and another massive rally is set for this weekend.

Medvedev says the Kremlin is ready to listen to constructive criticism, but will not allow anyone to incite tensions.