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Thousands March in Russian Capital

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Russian opposition protesters gather near the monument of Kazakh poet Abai Kunanbaev in the opposition camp at the Chistiye Prudy, or Clean Ponds, where they vowed to continue the roving protest in Moscow, Russia, May 13, 2012.

Russian opposition protesters gather near the monument of Kazakh poet Abai Kunanbaev in the opposition camp at the Chistiye Prudy, or Clean Ponds, where they vowed to continue the roving protest in Moscow, Russia, May 13, 2012.

Thousands of opposition supporters have participated in a rare unsanctioned march in the Russian capital, Moscow.

Sunday's "stroll" was called for by several prominent writers, including acclaimed novelist Boris Akunin.

An estimated 7,000 people attended the two-kilometer walk which ended in a plaza where opposition activists have been camped out.

The gathering is one of several protests to take place in the capital since the election of President Vladimir Putin to a third term.

Police have detained hundreds of people in the past week.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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