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Russians Protest for Democracy

'Russia Without Putin' was the favorite chant of thousands of demonstrators who marched within earshot of the Kremlin in the largest pro-democracy demonstration since Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000.

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Russian police troops patrol near closed Red Square in Moscow, Russia, December 11, 2011. (AP)
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Russian police troops patrol near closed Red Square in Moscow, Russia, December 11, 2011. (AP)

Downtown Moscow streets were lined with with riot police and military trucks on December 10, 2011. (Y. Weeks)
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Downtown Moscow streets were lined with with riot police and military trucks on December 10, 2011. (Y. Weeks)

A sign near Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow reads, "Return elections to our country," December 10, 2011. (Y. Weeks)
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A sign near Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow reads, "Return elections to our country," December 10, 2011. (Y. Weeks)

Protesters, carrying placards saying "Stop lying," gathered in central Moscow to express their discontent with recent parliamentary elections in which United Russia, the ruling party, received what they say was more than a legitimate percentage of votes,
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Protesters, carrying placards saying "Stop lying," gathered in central Moscow to express their discontent with recent parliamentary elections in which United Russia, the ruling party, received what they say was more than a legitimate percentage of votes,

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