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Russia’s Opposition Movement Spreads Far Beyond Moscow

On the western edge of Siberia, almost 2,000 kilometers east of Moscow, more and more Russians speaking their minds on elections and on democracy.

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Yekaterinburg was the only big city in Russia where Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party United Russia lost in December's parliamentary elections. January 31, 2012. (VOA-Y. Weeks)
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Yekaterinburg was the only big city in Russia where Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party United Russia lost in December's parliamentary elections. January 31, 2012. (VOA-Y. Weeks)

Yekaterinburg's central pond is frozen over in winter. High rises pepper the skyline. January 31, 2012. (VOA-Y. Weeks)
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Yekaterinburg's central pond is frozen over in winter. High rises pepper the skyline. January 31, 2012. (VOA-Y. Weeks)

Independent city council member Leonid Volkov promises to clean up the government. January 31, 2012. (VOA-Y. Weeks)
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Independent city council member Leonid Volkov promises to clean up the government. January 31, 2012. (VOA-Y. Weeks)

Independent city council member Leonid Volkov has been active in organizing rallies against election fraud in Yekaterinburg. January 31, 2012. (VOA-Y. Weeks)
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Independent city council member Leonid Volkov has been active in organizing rallies against election fraud in Yekaterinburg. January 31, 2012. (VOA-Y. Weeks)

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