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Russian Opposition Leader's Book Premiere Blocked In Kyiv

Mikhail Kasyanov

Mikhail Kasyanov

KYIV -- The presentation of a book by Russian opposition figure Mikhail Kasyanov has been blocked in Kyiv, RFE/RL's Ukrainian and Russian services report.

"Without Putin" was written by Kasyanov, the former Russian prime minister who is currently the leader of the opposition Popular Democratic Union, and prominent Russian journalist Yevgeny Kiselev.

Kasyanov's press secretary, Yelena Dikun, told RFE/RL that the electricity went out in the Premier Palace Hotel minutes before the presentation was to start.

She said that at the same time some 20 young men blocked the entrance to the hotel to keep attendees from entering.

Dikun said more than 100 well-known people had been invited to the presentation, which was then canceled.

Kasyanov was prime minister from 2000-04.