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Thousands Form Human Chain in Anti-Putin Protest

Thousands of Russians have linked hands to form a human chain encircling central Moscow to protest Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's likely return as president in next weekend's election.

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Oleg Orlov, head of Memorial, attended the demonstation with his cat, Moscow, February 26, 2012. (VOA - Y. Weeks)
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Oleg Orlov, head of Memorial, attended the demonstation with his cat, Moscow, February 26, 2012. (VOA - Y. Weeks)

Thousands of Moscowites held hands along the city's 13 kilometer-long Garden Ring Road, Moscow, February 26, 2012. (VOA - Y. Weeks)
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Thousands of Moscowites held hands along the city's 13 kilometer-long Garden Ring Road, Moscow, February 26, 2012. (VOA - Y. Weeks)

Protesters waved to passing cars many drivers honked back in support, Moscow, February 26, 2012. (VOA - Y. Weeks)
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Protesters waved to passing cars many drivers honked back in support, Moscow, February 26, 2012. (VOA - Y. Weeks)

Protesters wore white ribbons and waved white flowers, both symbols of peaceful protest, Moscow, February 26, 2012. (VOA - Y. Weeks)
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Protesters wore white ribbons and waved white flowers, both symbols of peaceful protest, Moscow, February 26, 2012. (VOA - Y. Weeks)

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