Russiske kommunister demonstrerer i Moskva før lokalvalget 9. september.

FILE – In this Saturday Aug. 17, 2019 file photo, Communist party supporters wave red flags during a protest in the center of Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. A seemingly second-tier local election has evolved into a major challenge to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, triggering the biggest protests against his rule in seven years and causing divisions among his top lieutenants. (AP Photo/File)