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Russian Duma Parties Say No Kyiv-Style Revolution

15 February 2005 -- Russia's opposition parties say they have ruled out a Ukraine-style revolution.

The parties say differences with President Vladimir Putin's government should be resolved in parliament, not on the streets.

Russia has been rocked by mass demonstrations against the abolition of Soviet-era benefits in recent weeks. Some activists have called for Russia to follow Ukraine and put pressure on the authorities through massive nationwide street protests.

But the leaders of the four parties in the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, said today after their first joint meeting with Putin for almost a year that such calls could not succeed.