Moscow: A defiant Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin on Tuesday bluntly rejected reviewing the results of the disputed December 4 parliamentary polls and said he did not need any dirty "tricks" to win presidential polls in 2012.

"Any talks about reviewing the results of the elections are impossible, except one way, a court appeal," Putin said during a meeting with the All Russia People's Front members.

Putin's comment is the first reaction to Saturday's mass protest on Moscow's Sakharov Avenue that brought together up to 100,000 people according to the organisers of the protest, while police say just 30,000 people attended.

Meanwhile, Russia's ex-finance minister, Alexei Kudrin said in an interview that Putin told him that dialogue with opposition leaders "was possible".

The 59-year-old Russian strongman said he needed "no tricks" and would win support fairly, adding that his opponents were using the parliamentary vote to try to create instability.

"The elections are over. The parliament has started its work and a speaker has been elected," Putin said.

People came out to protest against the State Duma elections, allegedly marred by mass vote-rigging and ballot-stuffing. The protesters demand new parliamentary elections and want liberal reforms in Russia.

The prime minister, who views himself as the main contender at the upcoming presidential elections on March 4, also said he did not need electoral fraud to win.


"As one of the candidates, I do not need fraud...I want to rely on the people's will, trust," Putin said, adding that "if there is no trust, there is no sense in working."

The outcome of the disputed vote has mobilised opposition and has prompted a series of street protests attended by tens of thousands of people in several Russian cities.



Putin ready for talks: Kudrin

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is ready for dialogue with the Russian protest movement to ensure that presidential polls are fair, his old ally and ex-finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday.

Kudrin told the Vedomosti daily that he met Putin – who has announced plans to swap jobs with President Dmitry Medvedev after the March 4 polls -- on the eve of Saturday's mass rally in Moscow.

"From my conversation with Putin, I understood that he was not afraid of the March 4 elections. He is ready to take all the measures necessary to make sure these elections are fair," Kudrin told the business daily.

Kudrin addressed the protestors at the rally to urge political reform, in a dramatic move for the man whose savvy economic policies for the last decade served as one of the pillars of Putin's domination of Russia.

He said he told Putin that "urgent dialogue was needed" with protesters made up of both apolitical middle class Russians and members of the more radical liberal and nationalist forces.

"This is what I told Vladimir Putin before coming to the rally. On the whole, I understood that this dialogue was possible," added Kudrin.

Some protestors whistled and jeered the respected economist as a member of the ruling class and he looked uncomfortable addressing the huge crowd.

But analysts said Kudrin's appearance was of great importance and he could become a mediator between the authorities and protestors.

"The proposals I made at the rally were made on my own personal initiative and addressed to both sides," Kudrin said. But he cautioned: "I do not have Putin's authority to conduct negotiations."

(Agencies)