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Moscow Protest, December 24, 2011

Tens of thousands of Russians rally on a Moscow street and in other Russian cities to protest alleged fraud in a December 4 parliamentary election won by the ruling party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

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A protester hands out white balloons at the rally. The white balloons were a symbol of peaceful protests, December 24, 2011. (VOA - Y. Weeks)
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A protester hands out white balloons at the rally. The white balloons were a symbol of peaceful protests, December 24, 2011. (VOA - Y. Weeks)

An anti-Putin sign at the rally reads, "Get tired and leave!" December 24, 2011. (VOA - Y. Weeks)
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An anti-Putin sign at the rally reads, "Get tired and leave!" December 24, 2011. (VOA - Y. Weeks)

A protester wearing a bear mask at the rally with a sign that reads "Don't believe the bear" -- President Dmitri Medvedev's last name in Russian means bear, December 24, 2011. (VOA - Y. Weeks)
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A protester wearing a bear mask at the rally with a sign that reads "Don't believe the bear" -- President Dmitri Medvedev's last name in Russian means bear, December 24, 2011. (VOA - Y. Weeks)

Some protesters were calling for the release of jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, December 24, 2011. (VOA - Y. Weeks)
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Some protesters were calling for the release of jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, December 24, 2011. (VOA - Y. Weeks)

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