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Unsanctioned Antigovernment Protest Held In Moscow

There was a heavy police presence in central Moscow on December 15 as antigovernment protesters held an unsanctioned rally outside the main headquarters of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB. Several protesters, including leading opposition leaders, were detained and could face serious penalities under a draconian law on demonstrations passed earlier this year.

There was a heavy police presence ahead of the unsanctioned opposition rally in central Moscow.
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There was a heavy police presence ahead of the unsanctioned opposition rally in central Moscow.

Protesters laid flowers on a monument dedicated to victims of political repression near the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB) on Moscow's Lubyanka Square.
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Protesters laid flowers on a monument dedicated to victims of political repression near the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB) on Moscow's Lubyanka Square.

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Independent sources estimated that the crowd of demonstrators numbered around 2,000 people.
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Independent sources estimated that the crowd of demonstrators numbered around 2,000 people.

Some protesters carried political signs, or chanted political slogans against President Vladimir Putin. 
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Some protesters carried political signs, or chanted political slogans against President Vladimir Putin. 

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An elderly participant at the Moscow demonstration
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An elderly participant at the Moscow demonstration

Police made several arrests.
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Police made several arrests.

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Opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov spoke at the demonstration on Lubyanka Square .
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Opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov spoke at the demonstration on Lubyanka Square .

The police later arrested Udaltsov and said they plan to charge him and other opposition leaders with organizing an unsanctioned protest. 
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The police later arrested Udaltsov and said they plan to charge him and other opposition leaders with organizing an unsanctioned protest. 

A police helicopter loomed over the crowd all afternoon and police were also seen photographing demonstrators. 
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A police helicopter loomed over the crowd all afternoon and police were also seen photographing demonstrators. 

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