On May 20, 2011, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for reforms to the country's legal system that would reinforce the rule of law. Some thought Medvedev's remarks concerning reform and his efforts to eradicate corruption were aimed at distancing him from Vladimir Putin, who ran against and defeated Medvedev in Russia's 2012 presidential election. Russians have protested democratic deficiencies in the Russian political system, including a St. Petersburg city ordinance banning the spreading of "homosexual propaganda" to minors.
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